This week the students were put through their paces with mock Level 2 exams. Tuesday was dedicated to the skiers, and Thursday for snowboarders. These mock exam days are designed so that everyone gets the chance to get to grips on what to expect come the real exam, trial out their skiing/boarding demonstrations with their peers. This is a hugely beneficial exercise for the students - so that they do not get a shock come the real exam but enter with confidence in their preparation and skillset.
During these mock exam days, the mornings were practical on-snow sessions, with the afternoons being classroom-based where the students got to sit down and discuss the results, gain feedback on what/if any further development they needed for the real exam. This will also give the trainers a chance to discuss the students' thoughts on the Level 2 exam, whether they should be sitting it at all, or whether they should be best to leave it for next season after a bit more training and experience. It’s an honest and open discussion to have, Level 2 is a big jump up in technical requirement so it does take a greater level of skill plus it is a lot of money to sit. We (the trainers and SnowSkool) want everyone to feel they are in the best position to pass while also having a great experience.
Come Friday night it was time for the trainers to take everyone to the Water Bar for a relaxed social evening to chat about life after the course, future plans, and in some cases topics unrelated to snowboarding and skiing – I didn’t think that was possible with this lot! It was an awesome evening and even more amazing to see the bonds and friendships that the trainers have made with everyone. Friends for life!
On Saturday it was the first day of the snowboarders' kid’s certificate exam, which is a 4 day course spread over two weekends. Everyone is thoroughly enjoying this course and getting a real taste of what to expect as an instructor. Needless to say the smiles and enjoyment are growing each day, which is exactly what this is all about!
This week the group also welcomed Hayleigh back to the hostel after a successful knee operation in Dunedin hospital. Welcome back! Everyone has helped Hayleigh settle back into life in Wanaka but she will be sorely missed when she returns to the UK next week to start further education at University. We wish Hayleigh all the best of luck in this new adventure, and we all hope to see her back on the slopes soon - wherever in the world that may be.
Only 7 more days of training before Level 2 exam is upon us! Wow, time flies when your having fun. #bestdaysofyourlife
Enjoy the week ahead, until next week!
That’s all for now,
Clark and Tessa