Divisional Trainer Accreditation Part 2 of 2

March 5, 2019 @ 8:30 am – March 6, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
Squaw Valley
1960 Squaw Valley Rd
Olympic Valley, CA 96146

Divisional Trainers Accreditation (DTA) – Basic Q & A:

What is it?  – A series of intensive trainings that culminate in an accreditation. There are both educational and evaluative components to the course.  Explored skills include: group management, leadership, ski mechanics, pedagogy, and technical development.  Graduates are invited to continue their training and development through ‘shadowing’ a level 1 exam and certain educational clinics; they also may be invited to Education Staff trainings.  Not merely a ‘gateway’ to Ed Staff employment, the DTA is a course of training for the motivated expert looking to get better.

Who is it for?  – Those with a current level 3 certification, who have attended the Resort Trainers series and would like to take their clinician skills to the next level, and/or for those who aspire to develop the requisite skills of an examiner. Invaluable for those who are self-motivated, willing to challenge themselves, invite critical feedback, committed to put in the additional time toward deliberate practice, and are ready to work independently to fully realize the outcomes introduced.

When & Where does it take place? – 4 days throughout the season at different resorts, see calendar for schedule dates and locations.  Note: you must commit to attend all four days in order to participate.

Why does it exist?  – The accreditation was created as a means to foster the continued professional development of the fully certified instructor; it also allows for a developmental pathway for those who aspire to apply for position openings for the PSIA-W Education Staff.

Day one:

Level 1 is about skills concept, level 2 cause and effect, understanding body performance and ski performance, level 3 is about versatility and DTA about depth of knowledge.

Break group in to pairs. Have everybody watch ski performance and body performance first on the landing of hop turns. Share observations with group. Then on the take off maneuver in leapers, share observations with group. Then the shaping phase only of extension retraction turns, share observations with group.

Next have everybody give a 10 to 15 minute clinic to the rest of the group on their weakness, and how to improve upon it. At the end of each clinic a quick discussion about areas needing improvement (pretty consistently this was make sure you chose the drill or movement patterns that best highlights your topic, i.e. to work on precision on blocking pole plants use short swing turns rather than short radius turns) and areas addressed well.

Day two:

Assign a topic to them the morning of based off a large picture weakness in their skiing and have them present a 30-minute clinic to the group. Discuss the differences between a clinic and a lesson, for example how you talk with the group, how you lay out your drills and how you check for understanding. At the end of each clinic discuss how they preformed and what they did well and where to improve.

End of day: give everybody goals for clinics and personal skiing to work on before next training days.

Day three:

Have everybody present a 30-minute clinic off the prepared clinic list on DTA handout. Feedback at end of clinic.

Day four:

Have everybody present a 30-minute clinic off the prepared clinic list on DTA handout. Feedback at end of clinic.

End of day:
Sit down with each person individually and discuss pathway towards ed staff for them. The four areas everybody needs to complete are: CS2, 500 word article of our choosing (designed to make them explore an area of weakness), shadow a level 1 exam, and continue to improve and meet skiing and clinic feedback.