Teaching Assistant Program
Overview Year 1
Our Teaching Assistant Course is the perfect way for skiers and riders to prepare to become certified instructors. The course is designed to help participants to improve technically while developing solid communication and interpersonal skills. After completing the course, participants will perform 10 probationary hours to assess their competency and commitment. Participants will work closely with certified instructors, assisting with actual classes. Here they will develop an eye for assessing and developing students while building a "teaching toolbox." Participants also partake in weekly on-snow sessions with certified trainers to further their skills.
Who Is Eligible
Any 12-14 year old intermediate level skier or snowboarder with a desire to become an instructor.
How To Apply
First time eligible candidates must register for the 3 day Teaching Assistant Course from 10:00am-12pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm December 28-30. Register online at mountpakenham.com or call 613-624-5290. The price is $119 plus tax and must be paid in full by Visa, Mastercard at the time of booking. A valid lift pass is required for all participants and those who plan to become Teaching Apprentices and Teaching Assistants may purchase a Season’s Pass with a 10% discount.
TA Responsibility And Commitment
Step 1 - Teaching Assistant Course
Candidates must complete the mandatory 3 day training course December 28-30. Certified trainers will provide indoor and on snow instruction to improve technique, introduce teaching tactics and improve professionalism. An on-going evaluation of ski/board performance, teaching skills, and attitude will be conducted. Performance appraisals will be given on December 30 and candidates will move on to the 10 hour probationary period beginning December 31st or Jan 1st.
Step 2 - Probationary 10 hours
Teaching Assistants (TAs) will assist a certified instructor with teaching weekend programs for a probationary period of 10 hours. The apprentice must commit to 3 hours (10:30am - 3:30 pm, with a lunch break) beginning Saturday December 31st or Sunday January 1st for the duration of 10 weeks. TAs will work closely with the instructor, gaining real, hands on experience. TAs will be evaluated at the end of each class by the instructor.
Complimentary on-snow training sessions will be offered Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9:30am to help candidates enhance their skills.
Step 3 - Teaching Assistant
Successful candidates will continue to be scheduled to assist with classes for the remainder of the 5/10 week programs and March Break programs based on an as needed basis.
Although Teaching Assistants who assist after the initial 10 hours probationary training are considered 'volunteers' not 'workers', they will receive on going quality training, a discounted season pass and discounts in our cafeteria and retail shop when working, and will be paid for every teaching hour assigned in one lump sum payment at the end of the season. TA’s also have priority placement for other work at Mount Pakenham.
2nd & 3rd Year TA’s
Returning TA’s must participate in the 2-day Assistant Instructor Course for returning TA’s-Dec 28-29 from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm Participants will be evaluated at the end of course. Successful candidates will be considered for paid work for the 10 weeks of weekend programs and holiday programs. Returning TA’s pay a discounted rate for the Youth Instructor Course and Season Pass. Please call a reservation agent to register.
Age 15+ are able to take the 3 day certification course with either CSIA (Cdn Ski Instructors Alliance) or CASI (Cdn Assoc of Snowboard Instructors). More info available at www.snowpro.com
If you are interested in becoming a TA and would like more information about the program, please email our Snow School - email@example.com or call 613-624-5290
- Program: Assistant Instructor Training Course followed by 5 weekends of practical training. TA’s are then eligible for TA pay after the 5 weekend training and instructional program.
- Available: First Year TA: Dec 28th- 30th, 2016. Second Year TA: Dec 28th-29th 2016. Training from 10:00-12:00 & 1:00-3:00 each day.
- Equipment: Bring your own or rent ours
- Fine Print: Ski School rates are for instruction only! Season Pass or lift packages are extra. Please add 13% HST to snow school rates. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling Mount Pakenham at 613-624-5290 with your Visa or Mastercard.
Bookings made less than 7 days before program start date will be subject to a $25 late booking fee.
Full refunds, less $25 administration charge, are issued only if cancellation notice is received more than 14 days prior to the start date. Cancellations within 14 days will be assigned an alternate date or credit, less $25 administration charge, at the discretion of Mount Pakenham.
- Ability Levels:Beginner - Expert
|Youth Instructor Ski or Snowboard (Dec 28-30/2016) from 10 am - noon AND 1 pm - 3 pm|
|T A program for 2nd and 3rd Year Dec 28-29 8 hours|
|Lockers keep your equipment warm, dry, secure and makes skiing easy (Rental).|
|Season Regular Family Sized Locker (12 in x 22 in) Regular price $105 Hot Rates until Oct 7/16|
|Season Large Family Sized Locker(15 inches x 24 inches) -Regular price $115 Hot Rates until Oct 7/16|
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