FAQ

1. How is the SSBS formation organised?

2. What are the prerequisites for entering the formation?

3. Can I register for several courses at one time?

4. Can I skip the admission course and register directly for the methodology module?

5. What material do I need for the admission course /Rookie Coach and methodology module?

6. How often do I have to do a repetition course if I'm a candidate or instructor?

7. What can I expect from the admission course / Rookie Coach?

8. How long are the repetition courses valid?

9. Where can I do a repetition course?

10. What is the documentation of the work experience / logbook?

11. When do I have to hand in the logbook?

12. Do I have to bring a pupil the the technique or instructor module (TE or IK)?

13. Can every SSBS member buy the Swiss Ski Lift abonnements?

14. What is the ISIF stamp?

15. Do I need the SSBS manual for the formation?

16. What is the emergency management course?

17. What is a pupil lesson?

18. What are the advantages of being an SSBS member?

19. How do I become a SSBS member?

20. Can the SSBS help me in finding a job as snowboard instructor?

21. Does the SSBS have an influence on the minimum wage offered from the snowboard schools?

22. What are the prerequisites for the pupils in the technique or instructor module?

23. What is the content of the theory exam during the methodology module?

24. What is the content of the theory exam during the technique module?

25. In which languages can I pass the foreign language exam?

26. How many times can I repass the methodology exam?

27. How often do I have to do a repetition course if I am a technical director?

28. What is the ISIA stamp?

29. What do I do if I can't attend a course due to an accident or sickness?

1. How is the SSBS formation organised?



The formation to become a snowboard instructor or snowsports instructor is mainly a methodic / didactic formation, which focuses on how to teach and learn the snowboard specific movements. The formation is divided in various modules:



  • admission course / Rookie Coach

  • methodology module (ME)

  • technique module (TE)

  • emergency management (NM) or Swiss Samaritan Course

  • security & rescue (SR)

  • instructor module (IK)


Additional to the modules mentioned above the following modules are needed for the swiss federal certificate "snowsports instructor":



  • backcountry riding & touring (VT)

  • tourism & law (TR)

  • second engin ski (ZG)



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2. What are the prerequisites for entering the formation?



The snowboard instructor formation is oriented towards good riders who would like to make their hobby a profession.
The following prerequisites are needed:


  • above average riding skills

  • good condition & coordinative skills

  • the possibility to learn new moves efficiently and quickly

  • pleasure to work with people of all ages and to teach them

  • ability to accept critique and continue to learn

  • minimum age 19

3. Can I register for several courses at one time?



It depends: the modules have to be done in the right order and the exams have to be passed before the next module can be done.


Exceptions:


  • Registration for the admission course / Rookie Coach can be done together with the methodology module (ME)

  • The registration for the security & rescue (SR) module as well as for the emergency management (NM) can be done anytime after the methodology module has been passed successfully.


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4. Can I skip the admission course and register directly for the methodology module?




No, the admission course / Rookie Coach is an obligatory part of the formation. The course gives you insight into the formation structure and lots of information regarding the SSBS. There are some exceptions to this rule: for example if you have min. 5 days of Swiss youth & sport formation (Leiterkurs / Methodikmodul, or a recognised foreign snowboard instructor formation (min. 5 days)). Please contact the SSBS office to find out if you are eligible to enter directly into the methodology module and provide us with copies of your diplomas.

5. What material do I need for the admission course /Rookie Coach and methodology module?

A good freestyle or freeride board is ok. Pay attention to the boots and bindings. If you have a tool (screwdriver), bring it along as well.

6. How often do I have to do a repetition course if I'm a candidate or instructor?


To keep an active status, all candidates and snowboard instructors are obliged to do a repetition course every second year. The following courses count as repetition courses:

all courses that continue the formation, methodology exam, technical director course or technical director repetition course, Air&Park and Halfpipe course.

7. What can I expect from the admission course / Rookie Coach?


Our formation is divided in different modules whereof the admission course / Rookie Coach is the first part. The 5 days give you insight into the structure of the formation, lots of information about the SSBS and is therefore an important base for the following modules. There will also be lots of riding training and an assessment of your riding skills, your condition, coordinative skills, pleasure to work with people and your ability to accept criticism.

8. How long are the repetition courses valid?

The SSBS repetition course is valid two years.

9. Where can I do a repetition course?

You can register yourself for all official repetition courses on www.ssbs.ch or you can do a private repetition course with an SSBS expert (please contact one of the experts listed on www.ssbs.ch)

10. What is the documentation of the work experience / logbook?


The 40 days work experience certification is necessary to enter the instructor module (IK). The logbook, where you can enter your work experience is dispatched and explained during the admission course. For the SSBS instructor diploma you need 40 days work experience, for the Swiss Federal Certificate it is 2x 40 days.

11. When do I have to hand in the logbook?


The correctly filled in logbook needs to be handed in to the office before the instructor module (IK), so we can check it and issue you the work experience certificate, which is obligatory for the instructor module.

12. Do I have to bring a pupil the the technique or instructor module (TE or IK)?


So we can organise the methodology part of the technique and instructors module, each participant is obliged to find a pupil and bring him/her to the course. The pupils need to be registered for the respective course on www.ssbs.ch and you need to inform the office (by email or phone) whom you have registered as pupil. It's obligatory that you find a pupil for at least one of the modules. If you aren't able to do so, you will be charged a penalty of CHF 200.- right before the instructor module which we use to recruit pupils ourselves.

13. Can every SSBS member buy the Swiss Ski Lift abonnements?


Each active member who has paid their yearly SSBS member fee as well as done the bi-yearly repetition course (needs to be valid for the whole season, where the abonnement is bought for) can buy such an abonnement. The half-fare card is available for candidates who have passed at least the methodology module (ME) and the general card is avavailable for instructors who have passed at least the instructor module (IK)

14. What is the ISIF stamp?

The stamp of the International Snowboard Instructor Federation ISIF is provided to you free of charge together with your member card. Some ski areas offer reductions if you show your member card with the stamp.

15. Do I need the SSBS manual for the formation?


Yes, the SSBS formation is based on the manual and it needs to be brought to every course. You will automatically get it with your registration to the admission course / Rookie Coach or you can order it in our online shop on www.ssbs.ch. Please note that it is only available in german or french.

16. What is the emergency management course?






The emergency management course is organised by the SSBS and is equivalent to the Swiss Samaritan Course. The content of the emergency management course is the handling of emergencies in snowsports. After a day of theory, there is one day of practical exercises on the snow, where you can practise what you have learnt the day before. The emergency management course (or an equivalent course) are obligatory for the instructor module (IK). A first aid course is not sufficient.

17. What is a pupil lesson?



Each participant has to bring a pupil for either the technique or the instructor module. With these pupils the candidates practise to give lessons. The pupils join the technique module for 5 days and the instructor module for 4 days.

18. What are the advantages of being an SSBS member?





By paying the yearly member fee of CHF 50.- as well as attending the bi-yearly repetition course you are an active member of the SSBS association. As an active member you have the following advantages:


  • possibility to buy the abonnements of the Swiss Ski Lift Association (half fare card as of methodology module (ME) as well as full fare card as of instructor module (IK).

  • you get all relevant information such as course flyer, newsletter, invitation to general assembly etc.
  • right to vote at the SSBS general assembly

19. How do I become a SSBS member?





All SSBS Instructors are automatically member of the SSBS if they pay the yearly member fee. For candidates the membership is volontary, they become a member if they pay the member fee invoice which is sent to them automatically. You can also become a member if you haven't done any courses with us. In this case, please contact us via email info@ssbs.ch or phone +41 81 384 0606.

20. Can the SSBS help me in finding a job as snowboard instructor?


If you are looking for a job as a snowboard instructor, it is best to contact the snowboard schools directly. You can find a list of all SSBS member schools on www.ssbs.ch. On our homepage you also have the possibility to browse through existing job offers or to place a job search advertisement yourself free of charge

21. Does the SSBS have an influence on the minimum wage offered from the snowboard schools?

No, the instructors negotiate their wage directly with the schools.

22. What are the prerequisites for the pupils in the technique or instructor module?

The following prerequisites are needed from the pupils:

  • they need to have their own snowboard equipment
  • beginner or intermediate riding skills
  • flexibility
  • minimum age of 12
    In the technique module the pupils get 5 days of training (2h instruction per day), in the instructor module 4 days (2h instruction per day)

23. What is the content of the theory exam during the methodology module?





The theory exam of the methodology module is a multiple choice test of the SSBS manual. If you fail the exam you can repass it free of charge at the SSBS office in Lenzerheide, or with an SSBS expert (there is a fee of CHF 50.- per exam)

24. What is the content of the theory exam during the technique module?





The theory exam of the technique module is a multiple choice test of the SSBS manual. If you fail the exam you can repass it free of charge at the SSBS office in Lenzerheide, or with an SSBS expert (there is a fee of CHF 50.- per exam)

25. In which languages can I pass the foreign language exam?

The conversation on a snowboard relevant theme can be done in the following languages: german, french, italian, spanish or dutch.

26. How many times can I repass the methodology exam?

You can repass the methodology exam 2 times a season, normally during the technique and instructor modules. The dates are published on www.ssbs.ch

27. How often do I have to do a repetition course if I am a technical director?

Technical directors need to take a repetition course every year.

28. What is the ISIA stamp?


29. What do I do if I can't attend a course due to an accident or sickness?




Together with your course registration letter, which we send to you by mail, you receive a flyer of the ELVIA insurance. If you buy the insurance, all costs including course, hotel and liftticket) are covered in case of an accident or illness. The insurance costs 4% of the course price. You pay the amount directly to the insurance as described on the flyer. We strongly recommend that insurance, as otherwise all costs will need to be covered by yourself.

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