UKSS Level 4 Development Coach

Course Information

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UK Snowsports Level 4 Coach

The Level 4 Award allows the coach to operate, within the coaches’ protocol, on artificial ski slopes and in the mountain environment and is authorised to operate worldwide working with skiers ranging from complete novices, to skiers who are able to show continuously linked parallel turning and seeking further specialisation. In particular, a Level 4 Coach is likely to make a significant contribution to the development of new coaches.

Level 4 represents the final step towards the international recognition offered with the IVSI international licence. 

As a Level 4 Coach you will have breadth and depth of underpinning knowledge, synthesised from a variety of information sources. You should be able to think creatively, developing new ideas and concepts to take the sport and your skiers forward. Your high skill level, experience and knowledge should allow you to make a significant contribution to the growth and development of skiers and clubs/organizations and you will be able to plan and organise coaching programmes over an extended period, making adjustments in response to circumstances.

The Level 4 Course is mostly about coaching rather than personal skiing performance. To be an effective coach in the mountain environment and be an ambassador for the scheme, Level 4 coaches need to be strong, versatile skiers and demonstrate a significant level of skill within the skiing and coaching roles listed specifically for the assessment. Participants will be required to explore the fundamentals of sound alpine skiing, to show versatility in a variety of tasks and to enable fellow participants to practice their use of coaching tools.

During the course participants will review their current coaching and performance levels and create a personal action plan. 

Level 4 Development Coaches Course - Overview

The course is intended for Level 3 (or equivalent) coaches who will work with skiers over the medium to long term.

By the end of this course participants should be able to:•    Explain the differences between instructing and coaching
•    Analyse and profile skier performance
•    Practice goal setting as part of long-term planning and modify sessions in response to events
•    Explain skill and its impact on coaching
•    Explain the elements of biomechanically sound skiing
•    Provide and optimise feedback
•    Plan video sessions for optimal use
•    Develop ideas for their ongoing coaching and coaching portfolio
•    Profile their own performance against the outcome standards to create a personal action plan
•    Present core snowsports concepts to peers off-slope

Additional information

The course combines training and appraisal of participants’ performance. Tutors will provide feedback during the course to help participants draft a personal action plan. Participants will agree a final action plan with their tutor. It is not possible to complete all units of this award during the course as candidates will have to complete a coaching portfolio and mountain safety distance learning pack.


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