Location : Canada, Canada
Start Date : Mid November each year
The Salary : Earn $13 CAD per hour whilst working as an instructor
Oyster Worldwide's preparation and support before you travel includes an interview and full briefing on what to expect, and the sorts of safety and cultural issues that will be relevant in your chosen country.
A Typical Day in the Job
Qualify as a CSIA Level 1 ski instructor on our 4 week course before going on to teach skiing to kids for the rest of the season.
Normally, Whistler Blackcomb will only accept applications from people who are already highly qualified. Our programme is the way to qualify and teach in the same season!
What can you expect?
Arrive at Vancouver Airport and meet the Oyster rep. You will then transfer with the rest of your group to a hostel in the city for your first night.
Receive assistance with organising your Social Insurance Number, after which we will transfer you by coach up to Whistler so that you can settle into your pre-arranged new home.
Receive a thorough orientation of Whistler and the season ahead. We run a group tour of the village, help with organising bank accounts, ski equipment and SIM cards. We also run a ZipTrek tour during the orientation with your fellow group members. This is a great way to get to know each other and the ecology of the area whilst getting to experience the thrill of being attached to ziplines between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
First Monday of the week - end of week 3
During this time you will be on the Whistler Blackcomb Snow School University course, being trained to pass your CSIA Level 1 exam. The qualification allows you to instruct in other countries, as well as Canada, and looks great on your CV. The course runs 4 days a week and mainly takes place on snow. Expect some classroom days as well.
This is exam week! During this week you will take the CSIA Level 1 exam and the Teaching Children Module – a prerequisite for teaching children as a ski instructor. All exam fees are included.
Week 5 - end of season
(Or, more likely, the end of week 4) begin your job which has been arranged with Whistler Blackcomb before you even arrive in Canada. We arrange for our applicants to be pre-interviewed by a senior manager from Whistler Kids well before the season begins. For the remainder of the season you will be working full time for the Snow School, teaching young children the basics of skiing. Expect to work an average of 4 days per week. You will earn a good wage of around $13 p/hour.
Who are we looking for?
Applicants should have experience working with 3-11 year olds (more than just babysitting). Typically our applicants have coached sport, volunteered at a primary school or volunteered with the Brownies/Cubs to get the experience. You should also be a confident skier.
The 4 week Whistler University programme provides 3 weeks intensive training (two weeks on snow training) to improve your technique and confidence to prepare you for your Level 1 CSIA, followed by a fourth week of examinations. The programme runs Monday-Thursday and includes the exam fees for your Level 1 CSIA. This is an internationally recognised qualification, which allows you to instruct in other countries and looks great on your CV. You will be trained by Level 4 instructors who will pass on their expertise and allow you to gain a real knowledge of both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, setting you up perfectly for your season instructing children.
Whistler Blackcomb normally requires instructors to have at least a Level 2 qualification before being considered for employment so this is a great way to step straight into an instructor role in your first season!
What we can offer you
You will live in Whistler Blackcomb staff housing which is located on Blackcomb Mountain very close to the lifts. You’ll live here for the whole season, even during your training when you are not officially employed.
The accommodation is made up of self contained flats, each having two bedrooms, a lounge, bathroom and small kitchen. Each caters for four people so you should expect to share a room. The Oyster group is usually put in the same building. You will usually get a meal on the days that you are working and there is a meal deal for staff close to the accommodation (currently $7 for a three-course meal!), however for the rest of the time you will be self catering and you should ensure you can cook a few easy dishes before you depart!
During the Whistler University Level 1 course the fee for the accommodation is included. Once you finish the course and start work, the money for the accommodation will be deducted from your pay cheque at the rate of approx $13 (1 hour pay) per night.