Volunteer Instructor Training
Each and every volunteer is supported through training so that your commitment to Track 3 provides a rewarding experience. We offer free clinics, both informational and practical, to provide volunteers with the opportunity to develop new skills, to feel supported in their role and to help us deliver our mission.
Generally speaking the annual commitment for new volunteers involves one information evening, two days of practical training, one day of orientation followed by seven teaching days/evenings over a seven week period with our students. Returning volunteers commit to optional upgrade training, one day of orientation and seven teaching days/evenings. Link HERE to review the 2017 Winter Program Dates.
New volunteers register by completing the online form LINK HERE. A detailed volunteer package will be sent via email outlining training details, specific time and date information, insurance and registration requirements.
Returning volunteers register annually to maintain their insurance coverage and if desired, register for upgrading certification with Track 3. LINK HERE to register as a returning volunteer. All volunteers and students become registered annual members of Ontario Track 3.
Training is broken down into several stages, to provide ongoing support for all volunteer positions.
Indoor Information Session - New Recruits
In early December we offer an information evening for new volunteer recruits (all positions) to provide an overview of the programs and an opportunity to meet and speak directly with current volunteers.
Support Volunteers at the Hill (non skiers or snowboarders)
Training required for Support volunteers will be provided on the day of orientation, during the first program week prior to the students start date. The Program Director will let you know who is in charge of the support volunteers at your hill of choice. This is the only training required.
On-Hill Two Day Practical Training Clinic - Skiers and Snowboarders
On-Hill clinic training (first full weekend in January) assesses volunteer capability from beginners to advanced, and provides training in the techniques and adaptive equipment that can be used with our students. There are several levels of training offered. The on hill practical training takes place at Craigleith Ski Resort in Collingwood. Bus transportation to and from Collingwood on both days is available (registration must be completed to secure transportation). At the completion of this training, new instructors/assistants will be assigned a program placement (based partly on your chosen program location) and a classification based on your skill level. Likewise, returning instructors who have successfully upgraded their skills will be placed. We ask that you attend both days of the practical training clinic. If you miss the indoor and/or the on hill clinics, you can still be a volunteer but you will be classified differently until such time that you have taken this training.
Site-specific Orientation is required for everyone in every capacity
It is very important that you attend the area orientation of your hill. You will learn about your host hill facility and site specific safety. Student profiles will be reviewed to prepare for the program start the following week.
Training Progression with Track 3
There is an opportunity to further develop your skills through various levels of instruction offered by Track 3 in both adaptive skiing and snowboarding. There is no obligation to progress to a different level: it is your choice whether to progress or whether you are content as an assistant instructor or Level 1 instructor.
Autism Training Workshop
During November, Track 3 arranges a workshop at the Geneva Centre for Autism. Many of our students have autism and this session provides an overview of autism and basic techniques and strategies to help volunteers work effectively with our students. This training is optional and space is limited. Registration takes place through our central office.