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SSE L3 Development Coach Course

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I'm in the middle of a SSE L3 Development Coach course. If others are interested I can write up some notes. I know I have in the past greatly appreciated other people's notes on courses I am planning to do.
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Yes please I would be interested,

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OK, so the SSE L3 course is about taking your knowledge from earlier instructor qualifications and experience from instructing and developing those to allow better development of the skiers you're working with over a long period of time. I.e. it's about how to coach skiers. It's aimed at instructors who want to work with skiers at a higher level, over a longer period of time, and perhaps start to help other instructors develop.

To take part you have to have an SSE L2, though they will recognise similar instructor qualifications from other bodies such as BASI/IASI.

The course has three components: the training course (6 days), which leads to an action plan for your own development, and a coaching portfolio where you have to work with a skier over a number of months, apply the knowledge you've got from the course, and demonstrate the necessary techniques. Anyone who has done other SSE courses will be familiar with the training course followed by extended period of development before getting the award, but it might be a bit unfamiliar to those used to e.g. BASI where the training course and assessment are combined together and you get a pass/fail result at the end.

I'm doing the training course at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, as that's where I do the majority of my teaching. The six days have been split over three weekends. I'm not sure if that is typical or not, but it suits me. There are eight of us on the course, 6 instructors from Hemel and 2 from other clubs. The tutor is Chris Exall, who seems like a really nice guy who knows his stuff. He's very approachable, clearly experienced at delivering this sort of course, and knows how to be flexible to get the best out of everyone.

So far we've done the first weekend - I'll provide further updates as we do other days.

The first day had the usual introductions and administration. The timetable for the rest was a bit thrown by there being a race booked on the slope later in the afternoon, so we did all the on-snow stuff first, and the classroom stuff later while the race was on.

On snow we were given a relatively simple task - skiing a particular corridor with linked turns. The first part of the day then concentrated on the importance of achieving the task, as when looking for a high level of precision the majority of the skiers weren't immediately demonstrating some aspect of the task. Again, this level of precision will be familiar to those who have trained through SSE before. We worked through this for a couple of hours, with Chris coaching us to improve our personal skiing. There was often some pretty technical discussion about biomechanics, as is often the case at this level (or maybe that's just me!).

In the afternoon we moved to the classroom and worked through the important elements needed to assess other skiers, and things to look for and develop in people's skiing.

The second day involved us putting a lot of the stuff we'd covered the previous afternoon into practice. We worked in pairs, taking it in turns to coach each other, and use the system presented in the workbook. This basically involved:
- choosing a task for the skier
- identifying elements necessary to do that task well
- prioritising those elements to choose the 10 most important
- having both skier and coach independently score themselves for each of those 10 elements
- comparing scores, identifying elements where there were differences, and working out why
- identifying which elements therefore need most work, and so what we should focus on

We got some reading to do during the week to prepare for the following weekend.

Happy to answer any questions anyone might have, and I'll keep updating as the course progresses.
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Thanks for sharing, @kieranm.
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Thanks@kieranm, would be interested to hear how it goes.
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