How to Become a
Snowboard Instructor

Man watching another man snowboarding

Are you interested in a career that would allow you to combine your athletic skills, love of teaching and being outdoors? If so, then you might be interested in reading further to find out what skills, training and certification requirements are needed to become a Snowboard Instructor.

What Does a Snowboard Instructor Do?

The main duty of a Snowboard Instructor is to teach students how to safely and successfully use various snowboarding techniques. They mainly instruct beginning students but might also teach advanced techniques to more experienced snowboarders. A Snowboard Instructor would show students how to maintain balance on a snowboard, make turns, stop and even select the best equipment for their skill level. Snowboard Instructors work mainly for ski resorts, but might also work as independent contractors.

Snowboard Instructors should have strong physical stamina and endurance for cold weather. Common Snowboard Instructor duties and responsibilities include:

  • Physical tasks, such as performing snowboarding techniques to demonstrate for students

  • Customer service tasks, such as encouraging students and recruiting for new students

  • Clerical tasks, such as keeping records of students' progress

Snowboard Instructor Skills

Strong communication, listening and motivational skills are important for Snowboard Instructors. They should have an eye for detail to be able to recognize a students' strengths and weaknesses and recognize and correct any problems with snowboarding techniques. A Snowboard Instructor should have the ability to work independently to oversee one-on-one instruction or group classes.

Other key Snowboard Instructor skills include:

  • Knowledge of basic first aid

  • Ability to work in different types of weather conditions

  • Ability to work with a diverse population

How Do You Become a Snowboard Instructor

Education and Training

After consulting several online job postings for Snowboard Instructors, we have found that most employers require that job candidates hold a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers do not generally expect completion of a postsecondary education program.

Prospective Snowboard Instructors can pursue training through independent programs. These programs are available in various parts of the world as well as the U.S. in such states as Colorado and Nevada. This training typically combines classroom instructor with hands-on learning opportunities. Students might also participate in an internship.

Certification in snowboard instructing is available from the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI). This certification ensures that Snowboard Instructors understand and are working under industry standards.

Finding a job

If you are searching for a job as a Snowboard Instructor, it is crucial that you have a quality resume to show prospective employers. Our library of Snowboard Instructor resume samples show you how to construct an effective resume.

Once your resume is complete, search online for Snowboard Instructor job opportunities. Draw on your network of professionals you might have met while attending a cosmetology program.

How Much Do Snowboard Instructors Get Paid?

The median hourly wage for a Snowboard Instructor varies depending on the state in which they work and the company they work for. The pay range for a Snowboard Instructor might be $7.50 - $15 per hour, with instructors who do not have certification or experience being paid at the lower end of this range.

Snowboard Instructor Resources

The following resources can be helpful in providing additional information about and insight into being a Snowboard Instructor. Use these resources to help you further decide about a career as a Snowboard Instructor.

On the Web

32 Degrees Magazine
An online publication of PSIA-AASI, 32 Degrees Magazine provides various information for ski and Snowboard Instructors, covering everything from instructional tips to industry trends.

SnowJobz.com
This website is devoted to snow sports instructors and contains several articles focusing on snowboard instruction, addressing such topics as what to expect on the job and how to become a Snowboard Instructor intern.

BASI Blog
Hosted by the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI), this blog provides insight into Snowboard Instructor training, work strategies and more.

Industry Groups

Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI)
The major organization for ski and Snowboard Instructors, PSIA-AASI provides professional development and educational opportunities.

PSIA-AASI Eastern
The Eastern Division of PSIA-AASI, the largest division of the American Snowsports Education Association (ASEA) offering online and in-person education and training opportunities.

Snowboard Instructor Books

AASI Snowboard Instructor's Guide
A short, spiral-bound publication provide career tips and strategies for Snowboard Instructors.

Core Concepts for Snowsports Instructors
Another spiral-bound book, written by professional ski instructors, that explores what it takes and what it means to be a snowsports instructor.