8 week snowboard instructor course + full season

Snowboard instructor course in the Spanish paradise with tapas and bluebird snowboarding

THE DREAM IN SPAIN

 

You will enjoy tapas, sun and sangria in Spain, but most important you will be snowboarding from December to start May. Besides the amazing food culture, you may not forget to experience the Spanish traditions such as flamenco, football and beautiful beaches. This combination will create the perfect environment for making friends from around the world and a full winter season that you will never forget. Are you dreaming about a full season in Spain? The famous ski resort, Sierra Nevada, is well known for being the sunniest ski resort in Europe and for their long winters with snow guarantee all winter. With more than 1 million sold lift cards you are guaranteed lots of working hours and even more of the Spanish culture. For the first time Snowminds will offer you the unique possibility to combine the Spanish culture with an unforgettable season in the Spanish mountains.

We have designed a fantastic snowboard instructor course in collaboration with Instituto Superior de Enseñanzas en Deportes de Invierno y Montaña, which is one of the worlds most acknowledged ski teacher associations. We have done this to secure and guarantee you the best snowboard training and preparation, before your season as a snowboard instructor starts in sunny Spain. 

 

Special designed snowboard instructor course

 

To prepare you the best way, the theoretical part is already available from Septemer via our online platform. But what if I do not speak Spanish at a conversational level? No worries. There are time to improve your Spanish skills by doing a Spanish online language course, which is made in collaboration with Instituto Superior de Enseñanzas en Deportes de Invierno y Montaña. This online course is tailormade to become a snowboard instructor. 

In November you will meet your new colleagues on the glacier in Cervinia, Italy, where our 3 weeks instructor course takes place. Firstly you will be trained and prepared in one week and afterwards you will start the snowboard instructor course as a Spanish level 1 snowboard instructor. The course will be taught in English by our Spanish partners from Instituto Superior de Enseñanzas en Deportes de Inviernoy Montaña. Our professional partners will teach you to give classes to beginners, light experienced and experienced snowboarders. After the 3 weeks in Cervinia you will travel to Madrid with your new colleagues, where the theoretical exam takes place. During your 10 days in Madrid you will be stay at a hotel with halv pension, only 30 minutes from Madrid city center and in walking distance from the school. Madrid has a lot to offer and you will also have time to enjoy the gastronomic experiences and feel the Madrid spirit. You will also extend your knowledge of team building skills, snowboarding material and equipment, mountain environments, teaching methods, snowboarding strategies and skills, and sports safety.

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THE INSTRUCTOR LIFE 

 

Year after year we experience that a winter season as a snowboard instructor is way more than just shredding the slopes. Besides enjoying the slopes and working as a snowboard instructor you will also experience a unique community among your colleagues whom all share the same passion as you – snowboarding and the Spanish culture!

In Spain, you will work as a snowboard instructor at one of our close partner ski schools in Sierra Nevada, and get the opportunity to teach a diverse mix of local and international guests. This working experience should offer you some more insight into the Spanish culture, the way people live, and how they spend their holiday vacations. For most snowboard instructors, your average day involves lessons in the morning and early afternoon hours followed by free snowboard time with your friends and colleagues in the afternoons and evenings. Granada is only located 32 kilometres from Sierra Nevada and offers a great nightlife such as flamenco music, dance and plenty of other activities. There are lots of possibilities by the coast that are waiting to be explored by you.  It’s a lifestyle most people can only dream of. 

 

WHAT DO YOU GET FROM SNOWMINDS? 

 

When you travel with Snowminds we take care of all the practicalities. That way you can pack your bags and good vibes and focus on preparing for your next adventure. Our top motivated and professional partners from ISEDI will prepare and train you for your full season. This is a training  and reason why 100% of our instructors have got employed after their course with Snowminds, since we started in 2012!

With this course package, you can look forward to the following travel plan and benefits:

 

Travel plan, (tentative due to possible changes):

  • 1st of November: Arrival in Cervinia, Italy. Accommodation in the 3 following weeks on a 3 star hotel with half board (breakfast & dinner included)
  • 2nd – 8th of November: Preparation & ski training for the Spanish level 1. Lift card incl.
  • 9th of November: Presentation of course
  • 10th- 19th of November: Spanish level 1 snowboard instructor course in English by Spanish trainers from ISEDI
  • 20th of November: Flight transport from Cervinia, Italy to Madrid, Spain
  • 21st – 30th of November: Theoretical exam and further education. Possible to enjoy Madrid. Accommodation w. half board (breakfast & dinner) on hotel, walking distance from the school and 30 min. from Madrid.
  • 1st of December: Bustransport from Madrid to Sierra Nevada, Granada.
  • 2nd – 25th of December: Accommodation is incl. in December due to shadowing hours. Lift card and uniform incl. (Possible change in dates due to end of shadowing hours)
  • 26th of December – 1st of May: Work at the ski school.

 

What is included? 

Thereby the travel does also include following:

  • JOB GUARANTEE and a full winter season in Spain
  • Help with the visa application and all other practicalities
  • Welcome meeting at the resort
  • Closing Celebration Event after completing your course
  • Access to Snowminds Reunion Party after your season
  • Confidence in Danish travel company that is a member of the Travel Guarantee Fund
  • A total experience where all the practicalities are arranged for you
  • A strong community with fellow Snowminders            

 

What is not included?

  • Extra luggage beyond the two bags included with your flights
  • ISIA Stamp, translation of high school diploma and any visa application costs
  • Travel activity after the season ends (including transport from your destination to the airport)
  • Cancellation and travel insurance
  • Possible expenses for accommodation, lift pass and uniform during the season (this varies from ski school to ski school)
  • Pocket money and anything else not mentioned above
  • Transport to Cervinia

 

WHO CAN APPLY TO BECOME AN IN STRUCTOR IN SPAIN?

 

At Snowminds we pride ourselves in selecting the right people for our team of ski- and snowboard instructors. We are renowned amongst the ski schools for educating competent, energetic and top motivated ski- and snowboard instructors. You don’t have to be an expert on the snow, and no matter what your level is – we have a course that is tailor made just for you. We will make sure you receive the necessary training before your exam so you’re ensured to live out your winter dream as an instructor in Spain. The most important thing for you is to be positive, outgoing, adventurous and ready to work hard to get the memory of a lifetime as a part of the Snowminds team.

What we expect from you:

  • You have skied or snowboarded a minimum of 3-4 weeks
  • You are positive, outgoing and adventurous
  • You are serious, responsible and top motivated
  • You are good with kids, teens, and adults
  • You enjoy teaching and love being challenged  
  • You speak English and Spanish at a conversational level
  • You are min. 18 years old and have a high school exam or similair

 

When you have sent your application you will receive an invitation for a Skype interview. During the interview will evaluate your candidacy while you have the opportunity to get more information about our courses and the experience as an instructor in Spain .
After the interview, we will call you and let you know whether or not we can offer you a spot on our team.  

We have a big interest in our courses and the spots fill up quickly. Therefore we have a “first come, first serve” principle with an application deadline each month. This means that the earlier you send in your application, the greater your chances are of joining the team and getting your dream destination.

Use the application form below, where you will find our prices and dates, or fill out the application form above.  

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

This instructor course is tailormade by Snowminds to you. With the training and preparation, instructor course, exam and a full season you will get once in a lifetime. We have made sure that you will experience the best of snowboarding and also enjoy the Spanish culture in Madrid, while you are doing the course in Madrid. We are proud to be the first in Europe to help instructors getting to Spain. If you have any questions, then do not hesitate to call us.

 

WHAT IF MY SPANISH IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH?

NO WORRIES! If you don’t feel that your Spanish skills aren’t good enough yet, then there are lots of possibilities to improve your Spanish during the summer at summer schools etc. Furthermore, there is also the opportunity to practice your Spanish online via our partner, ISEDI. If you are determined and have linguistic instinct, then it should not be a problem to speak Spanish at a conversational level by December, where your shadowing hours start.

THE SPANISH LEVEL 1

THE INTERNATIONAL ACKNOWLEDGED SPANISH LEVEL 1 SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTOR COURSE

We have a partnership with Instituto Superior de Enseñanzas en Deportes de Invierno y Montaña which is one of the Worlds most respected ski associations. We have made this collaboration to secure you with the best training and preparation. The instructor course is taking place on the glacier in Cervinia, Italy, since there is snow guarantee in November.

The trainers will take you through the 10 days instructor course in English.  The TD1 course is level 1 in the Spanish snowboard instructor system. You will be trained to give classed to beginners, light experienced, and experienced snowboarders. After your exam and shadowing hours you will be ready to work at the ski school.

The Spanish level 1 is recognised in Argentina, Chile, and Andorra. This means that the course also gives access to work in all 4 countries. After your full season in Spain you have the possibility to be a snowboard instructor in Latin America, if you want more.

You will also get an ISIA stamp which is certified by the International Ski Instructor Association. The ISIA stamp does also include accident and indemnity insurance.

PRACTICAL HOURS

Shadowing hours 

When you arrive at your destination you will get a liftcard for the period when you do shadowing hours, after this you will receive a season lift card. Before you can start working as a snowboard instructor you will have to do shadowing hours. This period is one of the reasons why the Spanish level 1 is acknowledged around the World. It is also the reason why you are able to work in Andorra, Chile, And Argentina. The shadowing hours are prescribed by law in Spain. The period can vary a bit due to snow conditions and the amount of guests in December. Thus, this period is the best way to prepare you for being a snowboard instructor and conduct classes by yourself.

WHAT DOES THE PRACTICAL HOURS INCLUDE?

THE PRACTICAL PART IS DIVIDED IN 3 PARTS: 

  1. Part: You will have to shadow/follow a ski school class, observe and help if needed.
  2. Part: Consists of teambuilding and teamwork.
  3. Part: You conduct a snowboard school class, where you will be observed by an experienced snowboard instructor. This is the best possible way to prepare you for a the work as a snowboard instructor. Now you are good to go.

JOB GUARANTEE AND ECONOMY

The Snowminds job guarantee and how it works

The job guarentee means that we will make sure you have a job at the skischool, after you have successfully passed your instructor training. You will already know at which destination you will spend your season at, before departure. The job guarantee is naturally conditional on your ski and snowboard teacher training, which over 90% of our students successfully pass. Even in the event you do not receive your certification, we still do everything we can to ensure you a job. That way you enjoy your season as an instructor like everyone else and then retake your certification. With six years of experience to date, we are proud to say we have always been able to find a job for 100% of our instructors after graduation from our training course. 

 

Salary, expences & progress

We have top professional partners around the world and in collaboration with the, we secure and guarantee ou that liftcard, accommodation, and uniform will be ready for you, when you arrive at your destination. Be aware that you have to pay accommodation from January. You will be employed directly at the ski school which will pay out your salary depending on your effort. At most of the Spanish ski schools the salary is 16-18€ an hour with the Spanish level 1. You will not become rich as a snowboard instructor, but the hourly salary in Spain is generally higher that other destination when having a level 1 course. A working week can vary depending on snow conditions and time at the season.

During your interview we will evaluate your motivation, Spanish skills, qualifications, and wishes to your Snowminds experience. This is important for us to give you the perfect experience.

DURING THE SEASON 

All our ski school partners are carefully chosen and we have a close relation to all of them. This also means, if there should occur any difficulties or problems, then you can always contact us. We are here to give you an experience for life and we will do anything to help and support you, if there should bee any need for it.

TRANSPORT

TRANSPORT

We organise and arrange the transport from the course in Cervinia, Italy to Madrid, Spain. When your theoretical training and exam are done in Madrid, we will arrange your trip to your ski school destination, where you will have accommodation in December and the opportunity to meet your new boss.

When the season is over you will have to arrange the transport home, since there is a huge difference among if our instructors continue to travel after the season has ended. This is for your own costs, but we are of course more than welcome to help and guide you with the best solutions.

ACCOMMODATION

3 WEEKS ON A 3 STAR HOTEL WITH HALF BOARD IN CERVINIA, ITALY 

“We take care of our own” and during an intense snowboard instructor course you will need delicious and healthy food and a good accommodation. You have probably heard bad stories about youth hostels with 8 people in one rome and bad food, that is also happening many places, but definitely not at Snowminds.

We are proud to secure quality during the whole experience, and this is also the reason why we have partnerships with nice hotels, which serve health and nutritious breakfast. You will live with 2-5 persons in a 3 star hotel with WiFi.

ACCOMMODATION IN MADRID 

You will travel to Madrid with the rest of the team after 3 weeks in Cervinia. You will stay at a hotel with half board for 10 days. The hotel is located close to the school and only 30 minutes from Madrid. This is also included in the price. In Madrid you will have the opportunity to enjoy the city and you will also extend your knowledge of team building skills, skiing material and equipment, mountain environments, teaching methods, skiing strategies and skills, and sports safety.

ACCOMMODATION IN SIERRA NEVEDA  

We have a partnership the International Ski School in Sierra Nevada, where they have a partnership with a hotel. Snowminds cover the accommodation in December due to the shadowing hours. From January you will have to cover you accommodation costs.

Price

Course Icon Winter season + Spanish level 1

Course Icon Price €6559

Course Icon Deadline for next application round - 5th of April!

Course Icon Sierra Nevada, Spain

Course Icon Travel period: Start November - Start May

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