Join our 7 week ski instructor programme in Whistler Blackcomb and take both the CSIA Level 1 and Level 2 exams – both included in the price!
This is the express route for becoming a CSIA Level 2 qualified instructor in one of the worlds’ best ski locations.
Duration: 7 weeks
Dates: 23rd November – 11th January 2020
11th January – 29th February 2020
8th February – 28th March 2020
8th March – 25th April 2020
Arrival day: Saturday
Return day: Saturday
Eligibility: Good level of fitness and confidence skiing/boarding is required
- Short on time? This is great opportunity to gain professional qualifications in just 7 weeks
- CSIA Level 2 exam fees included in the price (worth over $600!)
- Call the world-class resort of Whistler Blackcomb your home for 7 weeks this winter
- Receive training in small groups from the best instructors in town, all of whom are CSIA Level 4 qualified.
This is an intensive course but great fun for those short on time or looking to qualify and work as a professional Level 2 ski instructor during one season.
During this 7 week ski instructor training course in Whistler you will not only take the CSIA Level 1 and Level 2 examinations, we will also get you through the the Level 1 AST avalanche course and the teaching children module of the CSIA. In addition, this course is packed full of additional extras that will help make you a more desirable instructor when it comes to recruitment, including:
- Customer service
- Injury prevention
- Risk assessment training
- Equipment tuning
- Boot fitting
Our instructors are the best in town and that’s why we include the cost of the CSIA Level 2 exam (worth well over $600 alone). We know that they will get you to the required level in time to take the exam.
You’ll be on the mountain 5 days a week with your instructor (outside of the exam periods) so will have plenty of time to explore all that Whistler Blackcomb has to offer.
Ski courses are a great way to boost your ski ability levels. With our extra training around customer service, and living and training with other people during the winter season, you will also improve your interpersonal skills whilst you increase your technical knowledge and advance your own skiing.
This course is ideal for any skier that is of a low-intermediate standard or above. Basically, as long as you feel comfortable skiing down red runs in Europe or blues in North America and linking your turns, we can accept you on the course. Your skills and technique will dramatically improve over the course of 7 weeks!
- Stay in a centrally located chalet with other participants on your course
- Accommodation is located in either Whistler Village, Alpine or Creekside, all locations are within a short walk or bus ride of the lifts
- Rooms vary from single to quad share and prices vary. Premium, Standard and Budget accommodation available to suit your budget. Contact us to discuss your requirements
- Accommodation has a living area, dining area, storage rooms and a sun deck. If you are in self-catered accommodation, you will have access to a fully equipped kitchen
- WiFi is included
- Choose from catered or self-catered accommodation
- If you opt for the catered option (located in the Village or Alpine), the chalet host will lay out the provided continental breakfast daily and hot dinners 6 days a week (everyone caters for themselves on Sundays). This is beneficial after a long day skiing on the slopes and means you get a guaranteed hot meal
- If you opt for self-catered (located in Creekside), the kitchen is fully equipped so you can cook and prepare your own meals. There is also a supermarket close by where you can buy food
Airport: Vancouver (YVR)
Arrival day: Saturday in Whistler. It is advisable to arrive in Canada on the Friday before the course begins on the Saturday, to get over jet-lag, buy any needed equipment and pick up your ski pass.
Departure day: Saturday
- Access to your own personal ‘My Oyster’ account – our online portal where you can find out much more about the program and manage your booking
- Dedicated contact time with an experienced destination manager to discuss the project, answer any of your questions and for us to find out more about you
- Help and advice from our UK office before arrival and whilst you are away
- In-country support
- Pre-departure information covering medical, safety and project advice
- Financial protection: ATOL (if we book your flights); IPP (if we don’t book your flights)
- Thorough orientation on arrival
- Accommodation (see the ‘accommodation’ section above for details)
- Advice on visa requirements
- Oyster plants a tree in Africa with TreeAid to help offset your carbon emissions
- CSIA Level 1 and 2 exam fees
- CSIA Teaching Children Module
- Recreational Avalanche Courses AST1
- Over 20 hours of professional training per week
- Whistler Blackcomb Season Pass
- Training given by CSIA Level 4 instructors
- Small groups to maximise your training
- Weekly feedback from your pro
- Lift line priority
- Video analysis
- Extra training (customer service, communications, injury prevention, risk assessment, boot fitting and equipment tuning)
- Resort rep available 24/7
- 6 dinners and breakfasts per week (if in catered accommodation)
- Off-snow and evening activities
- Equipment and store discounts
- Job finding assistance
On your return:
- Welcome home pack
- Certificate of Recognition (on request)
- References (on request)
- Flights – as an ATOL bonded company, Oyster can book flights for you
- You need a valid passport that meets the requirements of the country you will be travelling to
- Insurance (covering your time with Oyster and any planned independent travel)
- Any costs associated with changing your return flight date if you need to
- Independent travel costs
- Home country travel costs
- Spending money for additional trips, food and entertainment
- Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) before heading to Canada. This costs $7 and is valid for up to 5 years
- Airport transfers
- Food costs (if you choose the self catered option)
The instructors in Whistler are confident that by the time you take your Level 1 exam, you will be a confident parallel skier. You will experience skiing on all terrains and in all snow conditions. On completion, you will be qualified to teach children aged 12 and under, and beginners, how to ski. The course combines teaching methodology with technical skills. It will also give you the customer service skills needed to be successful in the snow sports industry.
Included on the Level 1 certification course:
- An introduction to CSIA skiing and teaching methodology
- Strategies to develop skiers from entry level to intermediate using the skill development method
- Techniques and strategies for effective assessment and development
- Personal feedback on ski performance
- Interactive preparatory online module.
After achieving your Level 1, you will begin your training for your CSIA Level 2. This course aims to improve your situational teaching skills and to provide you with a better understanding of CSIA technique and methodology. It will cover what your role as a snow sports instructor is within the ski industry. The course combines practical ski teaching methods and technical understanding and development.
The Level 2 certification is split into modules. Each module is worth credits that contribute to the final qualification. There are 3 modules:
- 2-day Level 2 training
- 2-day assessment
- 1-day module. Either Teaching Children or All-terrain – Introduction.
All of our instructors are CASI/CSIA Level 4 instructors and we are confident of their ability to help you to improve. They will only put you forward for an assessment if they think you are ready.
There are lots of instructor training programs that you could choose from. This course is up there with the best as it will get you through to CSIA Level 2 standard in such a short space of time.
Oyster Worldwide is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as an Introducer Appointed Representative of Global Travel Insurance. Our status means that we cannot advise you on insurance. This needs to be your decision.
For many years we have acted as an ‘introducer’ to the policy that has been tailored to meet the needs of Oyster Worldwide participants.
The policy that we have with Global Travel Insurance can cover people on our ski instructor programmes.
You should ensure that your insurance policy covers you for the back country as well.
There is a reason why Whistler is so popular. The winter in Whistler is perfect for a ski season. Temperatures remain below 0 for the majority of the season, resulting in amazing snow. Even when the village warms up, the temperature on the mountain can still be as low as minus 20 degrees.
If you book the catered chalet option, you will receive 6 dinners and 6 continental breakfasts each week. These meals are worth over $500 for your entire 7 week stay so it is great value. If you are catering for yourself, you will need to bring money to cover food.
For expenditure that does not include food (or ski equipment), we would recommend taking a minimum of £70-£100 a week to get involved with trips and nights out.
Credit cards are advised for emergencies, as well as enough cash to see you through the first few days, there are ATM’s in the village.
Before heading to Canada, you will need to get an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA). There is a simple online form and the cost is $7. It lasts for up to 5 years on the same passport.
When entering Canada, you will get a tourist visa.
Check out our blog to find out more about the Canada eTA.
Most people book with Oyster as individuals and meet the rest of the group on arrival in Whistler.
We will certainly try to arrange for you to live with a friend if you want to travel together. Just give us as much notice as possible.
You should visit your doctor or travel nurse to find out what vaccinations you will need. It is likely that only your routine vaccinations will need to be up to date.
Winter sports, such as skiing, take place outdoors and on the mountain. With adventure sports, there is an inherent risk to you. You can minimise this risk by following the mountain rules and taking adequate precautions. You should always follow safety advice from instructors and we recommend always wearing a helmet. Whistler is a very safe village, but we advise that you keep valuables secure. When you are out, travel in groups and let others know where you are going.
You will be staying in enjoyable and cosy chalets sharing with other participants, either in single, twin, triple or quad rooms. A usual charming chalet will include shared rooms of high quality, fantastic living areas with comfy sofas and T.V – there is even a separate dining area, storage area and a sun deck. If you strike it lucky, you may even get a room with a balcony.
There will be a garage where you can store your skiing gear. There will be a chalet host to help answer any questions you might have. Food will be served at your chalet, for those taking the meal option. A deposit of $300 will be taken at the start of your stay and returned if the property has not been damaged and has been maintained.
The accommodation is located in either:
- Peak Chalet – this is our newly renovated chalet with large bedrooms. All rooms are catered. It is within walking distance of the village. This chalet offers quad, triple, twin and single rooms.
- Alpine Chalet – this is our standard catered chalet offering quad and triple rooms. It is located in the Alpine area, a 10 minute bus ride from Whistler. It is very close to the Whistler Rec Center where there is a gym, swimming pool and fitness studios. There is also a grocery store very close by.
- Creekside chalet – this is our more budget self-catered option. This offers quad and triple rooms, in more of a university dorm-style. The great thing about this chalet is its proximity to the Creekside Gondola, just a short walk from your front door!
We have three accommodation options in the Whistler area, all are close to the town and lifts (either a short walk or bus ride away). We have accommodation in Creekside, Alpine and the Village.
If you opt for the catered option, you will have a cook provide continental breakfast and hot dinner 6 times a week. Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 8:30 am. There will also be kitchen facilities so you can cook and prepare your own food. There are supermarkets where you can buy food.
Breakfast will include cereal, toast, fruit and tea/coffee.
Dinner will be a hearty meal, usually around a theme. There’ll be pasta nights, Mexican nights, burger nights, pizza nights and roast dinner nights, for example.
Day-to-day you will be supported by our partners in Whistler and the instructors that will be coaching you. You will have the support of a group of like-minded individuals and any issues that come up, can be resolved in Whistler.
Tory is our representative in Whistler. She lives and works out there and has been involved with Oyster since 2004. She deals with our partners and helps ensure you get the best possible experience away. During your stay, your main contacts will be your instructors and staff, yet have no doubt that you will have 24 hour support from Tory in Canada and Oyster back in the UK.
You will get free WiFi provided in your chalet so you can take a laptop/mobile/tablet with you. Most cafes, bars and restaurants offer free WiFi.
You should take an ‘unlocked’ mobile phone with you to Canada (or you can buy a cheap Canadian one) and purchase a local ‘pay as you go’ SIM card. This is useful for contacting the representative and the rest of the group as local calls are very cheap.
You can buy international phone cards to call the UK for $10+tax from any supermarket/phone shop this will give you hundreds of minutes to use any way you like, including calling home.
Whistler is in the West of Canada, on Pacific Standard Time and is 8 hours behind GMT (GMT -8).
Canada, like the US, operates on 110V, 60 cycle electric power. You should bring an adapter with you that has a two pronged (flat) plug.
Ski! Your ski pass is valid 7 days a week so you can spend every day on the slope if you want. We would definitely recommend taking some rest days and exploring the other fun activities available in Whistler.
The social life in Whistler is also incredible. There will be lots of organised events throughout the course.
Evenings are free and 2 days a week will be rest days. During the rest days, it is expected that the chalet is cleaned. There’ll be a rota of jobs to complete.
You should be mature and understand that you will need to take responsibility for yourself – don’t worry, our selection process will ensure that you are suitable!
You will get to know the team in Whistler really well during the first few days, when you will receive a thorough induction and course-related training. Day to day you will be under the supervision of your instructor whilst on the lessons.
Staff at Oyster’s head office and in-country will be responsible for your safety and welfare while you are on the course. This will start from the moment you check in to your course accommodation in Whistler to the end of the course when you leave. Before and after these times, you will be outside Oyster’s responsibility and should make sure that you act safely and avoid risk. This is also true if you choose to leave the project, ski or snowboard during your time off. We will give you plenty of guidance and advice about this.
Many participants arrive a day earlier in Whistler and stay in a hotel or hostel for the first night. Please note that you are responsible for your airport transfer and accommodation during this time.