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I chose the 5 week course as I wanted to improve my skiing. Your instructors make the course, and Colin and Gavin were great trainers - supportive, fun and really really good skiers. I came away a much better, more confident skier as well as passing both Level 1 & 2. It was also great fun and I'd thoroughly recommend it. Now I just need to quit my job and put what I learnt into practise.....
I would like to thank Ben for all his hard work which ensured a 100% pass rate, over the winter, for the 2011 Snowboard crew, for both NZSIA level 1 and 2.
Undoubtedly the best Snowboard instructor trainer at Coronet Peak for both his technical skills and his teaching knowledge (probably the best banter too). His professional attitude and love for the ‘job’ were inspiring throughout the 8 weeks, especially at 9am!
Go with SITCo you won’t regret it.
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My time in Queenstown was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I did the 8 week snowboarding instructors course, and gained both my level 1 and level 2 certificates. Not to mention the amazing time I had experiencing Queenstown's infamous nightlife!
I couldn't have done it without the SITCo team coaching and supporting me, helping me grow to become the rider that I am today. Ben was my instructor over the course, and was great at finding individual ways for each of us to improve and develop, more so then I’ve ever had with instructors in the past.
My time with SITCo helped improve my riding ability to further then I ever thought it could go, and to become a qualified snowboard instructor! The best job in the world!
I did the 5 week course this summer and passed both Level 1 and 2 as did pretty much the entire group.
This was a direct result of there being great training, a great group and queenstown/coronet peak being the ideal place to train for your qualifications.
Also (often ignored by other orgs) there has been help sorting out jobs afterwards and I've managed to get an instructing job in Canada through a Sitco contact.
All in all recommend to anyone wanting to become a ski instructor (particularly if they are in a rush for next winter!)
Have a look at the results for the first time Level 2 pass rates across the instructor training providers, and you'll immediately see why SITCo is a great choice. Gavin and Colin are deserved head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to the quality of training they provide; very perceptive on technique, patient as you get it wrong for weeks on end, and prepared to match the hard work you put in.
But to limit a review to skiing would be to miss out on their excellent senses of humour (well, sort of) and the great atmosphere that they help instill in the group. Set in Queenstown, it's pretty much impossible not to have fun, especially with the odd heliski trip thrown in, and I was most impressed to be led into Lake Wakatipu by the aforementioned instructors - leading from (and with) the front throughout...
The Ski Instructor Training Co. (SITCo.) was one of the best decisions i have ever made in my life. Not only have i gained qualifications but i have gained friends and mentors for the rest of my life. When you take this course you are not treated like a statistic or a youth but an equal member of society and in this day this means so much to an individual. When on this course you are in one of the most exciting places in the world and nothing can compare. Not only do you get to experience culture but you get to learn how to ski properly and better!! Gavin and Colin have been amazing in their encouragement and teaching, you couldn't ask for better, it may be tiring and it may be demanding, but what in life is worth having if the work for it is easy. This is an excellent opportunity to find out if skiing and the snow is what you want from life or even just to improve your skiing. Words cannot describe how grateful i am for all the help they have given me and for the friends i have acquired. Thank you SO much again and i definitely recommend this course to anyone with a love for skiing or snowboarding, you will be taken care of before you even touch down in New Zealand and gain so much from their teaching. SITCO MAAAAAN!!!
Not only does Queenstown have the most beautiful scenery but it is home to the best instructor training company! The instructors are by far the best I have ever had in any country I have skied in. They genuinely want you to improve and gain the qualifications you set out to achieve, whilst making it fun! I did the 6 week course and it was very demanding but I managed to pass both the Level 1 and 2 exams, even after sustaining an injury, with the encouragement of Gavin and Colin.
Jimbo trained me for the majority of the 6 weeks. He was concsiencious and I'm pretty sure he had as much fun training us as we did skiing with him! The training you also receive during the exam is second to none. The examiners are skilled and are highly certified but they have maintained a great sense of humour!!
I met such fantastic people, friends for life, and SITco. really looked after me from the moment I arrived. I can thouroughly recommend this course and hope to go back very soon!
From my first enquiry into instructor courses SitCo were very helpful, as I was already in NZ they offered to meet up within the same week to discuss any worries I had and to check which course was most suitable. I decided to do the 8 week course and had such an amazing time in Queenstown! I felt very well looked after by Sitco, Colin Gavin and Jimbo were always there to help with anything on or off the mountain. Enjoyed every minute, met some great friends and managed to achieve both Level 1 and Level 2, something I always wanted but wasnt sure I could do. Definitely recommended!