American snowsports instruction demands versatility. PSIA-AASI members teach guests of all ages in a wide variety of snowsports environments – from groomed trails to off-piste terrain and from hard snow to powder to terrain park features. The types of lessons offered can be similarly diverse, including recreational skiing or riding, racing, freeski, and freestyle, to name a few.
The Freestyle Specialist (FS) courses are for instructors who are comfortable with the basics of freestyle and who are looking to continue their professional development. The courses are non-linear, so if you are a very experienced park instructor and you are Level II certified, you can start with Freestyle Specialist 2 or even 3. For our Eastern Freestyle Specialist 1 courses, you would choose a course in your discipline (i.e. snowboard or alpine). The Freestyle Specialist 2 and Freestyle Specialist 3 courses may be multi discipline groups (i.e. snowboarders and skiers might be participating in the same group).
PSIA-AASI recognizes three levels of Freestyle specialty: Freestyle Specialist 1, Freestyle Specialist 2 and Freestyle Specialist 3. These are considered non-linear courses which means that if you are a very experienced freestyle instructor and PSIA-AASI Level II certified, you can start with the Freestyle Specialist 2 or even Freestyle Specialist 3. Success is based on the individual’s attainment and application of discipline specific skill ability, educational expertise and experience related to teaching freestyle to the general public.
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