VISAS Instructor Sue Bloxsome with cross country ski student Diane on the Nordic trails at Mount Washington.

Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports is recruiting new instructors

The Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports (VISAS) is looking for new instructors.

The Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports (VISAS) is looking for new instructors.

If you are a better than average downhill or cross country skier or snowboarder (strong intermediate level), consider yourself “a people person” and can remember your own first thrill of a controlled slide down the mountain, then read on.

For more than 30 years, Adaptive Snowsports has provided tons of fun for both instructors and their physically or mentally challenged students.

Using a variety of adaptive equipment and constantly improving techniques, VISAS instructors quickly have students gaining confidence and satisfaction on runs and trails.

The Adaptive Snowsports Society is holding an information meeting, an orientation sessions, for prospective instructors on Tues., Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., in the Florence Filberg Centre, Craft Room, in Courtenay.  Come out and see what the program has to offer you as a volunteer instructor.

Instructors must beat least nineteen years of age.

The information evening includes videos, hand-outs and the chance to talk to veteran VISAS instructors.

The downhill program requires you to commit to a mandatory two weekend training session at the beginning of the ski season.

The session takes palce over two consecutive weekends, Saturday and Sunday, for four days of concentrated training.

The Society also requires a minimum of 15 days of instruction from each instructor during the season, approximately one day a week.

Successful candidates will receive their CADS level 1 certification on completion of the four days of training.

“We have a social and cohesive group of instructors and Mount Washington is very supportive of our programs with many benefits accorded our instructors,” says a press release from VISAS. “We may be the group for you, come to the meeting and see where you can make a difference accenting the abilities of our students!”

For more information visit the Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports website at: and the VISAS Facebook page, or contact Bob Hodgson at (250)339-6833 or e-mail or Brian Culley at (250)334-2994.

Also check out VISAS on Flickr.