Volunteering with VISAS – We are a “hands-on” team
Our members volunteer thousands of hours each year to bring their love for skiing and snowboarding to people who dream of sliding along in the fresh crisp air and the brilliant landscape of the mountains that surround them.
Each year we have a recruitment meeting in November.
This year’s recruitment date is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Meet with us at the Florence Filberg Centre – at 7:00 pm for a couple of hours of information and inspiration.
Volunteer Instructor Requirements
- Have a desire to assist mentally and physically challenged people.
- Strong physical condition, good intermediate skiing or snowboarding ability, minimum age: 19
- Be able to commit to a specific duty day each week during the season.
- In addition, be able to commit some hours to fundraising events such as raffle ticket sales and Fundraising Events.
- Become a BC Adaptive Snowsports (BCAS) volunteer member and a member of the Canadian Adaptive Snowsports (CADS) organization, a dual membership, cost $48.00 per year.
- Attend 2 days of Dryland training, usually a weekend or evenings.
- Attend 5 on-snow training days consisting of 2 days CSIA/CASI skill assessment and 3 days of CADS techniques training. (Usually the first two weekends of the ski season at Mount Washington.) Training days will be advised at the Recruitment meeting in November.
- Candidates are required to submit a questionnaire to the Training Coordinator prior to acceptance into the Instructor training for a Level 1 CADS certification. This is done after the Recruitment meeting in November.
- The training involves a combination of “on-hill” technical training as well as sessions on how to assess and work with mentally and physically challenged people and adaptive equipment available.
- All training techniques emphasize the “progression methods” established by the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA).
- There is a $100.00 cost (approx.) for training materials and fees.
Instructor Benefits and Recognition
- Season ski pass provided by Mount Washington Alpine Resort (MWAR) and VISAS (first year). Family pass for qualifying family members in subsequent years if VISAS membership is in good standing.
- Recognition by Mount Washington as “volunteer staff”.
- Opportunity for ski improvement with Ski School CSIA Level 3 and Level 4 instructors.
- Assisting people to “accent their abilities”.
- Working alongside a well-established group, teaching adaptive snowsports.
- Being part of a “national” team bringing snowsports to physically or cognitively challenged people.