More than twenty years ago the first snowboard curricula were created in Austria and the first training was organised. If the education scene was very alpine-orientated at the beginning, acknowledgement was given to new developments - nowadays the training is constantly adjusted according to recent developments and the demands of our guests. Basic technique, slopestyle and finally freestyle are the focal points of the training of ÖSSV, relevant to the snow sports instructor training for Anwärter, snow sports instructor (snowboard) and graduate instructor.
A very important and comprehensive part of the training is off-piste riding and especially hereby general safety awareness and, in particular, alpine safety. The modern snowboard instructor training is now in a dynamic process that constantly seeks to identify innovative developments and trends in the industry and to integrate them into each level of education.
Learning the basic requirements - getting used to the board - getting used to the position - maintaining balance
Getting used to sliding – dynamic balance training
Smooth movement of the board with safe sliding - forward and backward with continuous weight transfer (zigzag slide)
Mastering the drift turn with weight shift in medium steep terrain
Rhythmic continuous drift turns in steep terrain
Continuous carved turns - controlling the board along the sidecut
Rhythmic continuous drift turns in medium steep terrain, deep snow and on moguls
Balancing the inside of the turn with body bend - increase edging angle with a steady pace - actively offsetting the external force
Continuous carved turns with an active, dynamic upward movement to release and change edge
Continuous carved turns with an active, dynamic downward movement to release and change edge
Steering the board with short, dynamic carved radii oscillating below the body with pressure change - "LEG WORK" (without vertical movement)
Short, rhythmic continuous drift turns with upward release in medium steep and steep terrain with short, dynamic edging in neutral riding posture
Learning safe riding on ungroomed slopes in back-country
Continuous short, dynamic turns from the middle position
Continuous short, dynamic turns with upward release
Riding through mogul pistes by learning the balancing technique (bending, stretching, turning) and situational turns adapted to the terrain.
Continuous carved turns with an active, dynamic upright movement to release and edge the board without snow contact.
Continuous short, carved turns whereby a fast, dynamic edging at the end of the steering phase is produced.
You will receive training with the main theme "Snowboard" as well as an introduction to alpine skiing and the latest trends. Other important topics include the pedagogically correct handling of children and an introduction to alpine safety.
After passing the Level 1 Snowboard Instructor exam and a qualifying test, the next stage is the Snow Sports Instructor course for "Snowboard". Furthermore, you will receive training to become a Level 1 Ski Instructor as well as training in current trends and snow sports without handicap. Alpine training is an important part of the course.
Training in the main subject "Snowboard" takes place at the highest international level and can only be commenced following successful completion of the Snowboard Instructor course as well as passing a qualifying test. A further qualification is also taken in the area of alpine skiing. An essential part of the Graduate Snowboard Instructor course is a comprehensive alpine training.
After successfully completing the Diploma Ski/Snowboard Instructor course and passing a qualifying test, the Ski/Snowboard Guide training is the last stage in the Austrian snow sports instructor education. An essential part of this course is alpine safety.