Are you interested in becoming an Adaptive snowsports volunteer?
If so, plan on joining Kathy Chandler of the Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports Program on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 for orientation!
According to Kathy, orientation day will be a chance to reacquaint and reconnect with each other and to learn what will be happening this year. Lunch will be provided.
Kathy says the schedule is “Tentative because of the variable snow conditions and changes we sometimes have to make due to the numbers of you and availability of appropriate clinic leaders.”
She added, “I am working on a schedule specific for the snowboard instructors and will send it out as soon as I get it finished. Of course snowboarders are always welcome to come along with the skiing clinics. Those specific to the disabilities are particularly important for all.”
There will be sign-up sheets for each clinic at the Nov. 10th Orientation, so plan on attending, get reacquainted, and sign-up for those clinics you are interested in.
As in the past, all first and second year instructors will be required to attend six days of clinics, and all those with three years or more will be required to attend three days. You will notice that most Saturday clinics are 2-1/2 hours and Sunday clinics are 1-1/2 hours.
New this year, the program will require competency tests for your knowledge and teaching of each of the six disciplines (bi-skiing, mono-skiing, three track, four track, visual impairments and developmental disabilities), as well as for your personal skiing. This will help the Adaptive Program when assigning lessons to the people who are competent in each discipline. You do not have to take the test until you feel you are competent in a discipline, and you are not required to take all six, only the ones your feel you are prepared for. The Adaptive Program will offer the competency tests periodically during the season, starting at pre-season training. You will have ample notice of when the competency tests will be scheduled.
Beginning on Saturday, Dec. 29, the Adaptive Program will offer clinics every Saturday and Sunday morning at 8 a.m. (no clinics on the weekend of The Amazing Race, January 10 & 11). A different topic will be taught on each day. Attendance will be taken at these clinics and, although not required, recognition (to be determined) will be given at the end of the season for those who attend the most. Alpine and Adaptive clinics will be counted towards your attendance. You will be responsible for accuracy in keeping your attendance record up to date. When possible, the Adaptive Program will also offer certification clinics on Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m., and on every other Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. the program will hold a one hour “tech talk.”
The Board of Directors for Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports understands and supports the continued education and PSIA certification of its volunteers. They want all program volunteers to be the best trained and provide the best lessons for students. To that end they will pay the event cost for successful PSIA certification for any qualified volunteers. (You will need to pay the cost up front, but upon successful completion, they will reimburse you the event cost).