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The Adaptive Level I Event - What is it?

candidate’s knowledge and ability from beginner through student Level 4. However, in addition we also evaluate all the medical, disability and specialized equipment related information. Some people think of this exam as an Alpine Level I PLUS. This event provides you an opportunity to obtain a voluminous amount of information that will expand your “bag of tricks”. You learn where to

find the answers relative to disability and medical questions, how to evaluate a student for physical and mental disabilities, and how to modify the PSIA skiing and teaching model to be successful. Of course, much of this information can be applied to able-bodied skiers as well and will assist you to meet the needs of all your students. The Adaptive Level I event is a great way to introduce yourself to adaptive ski teaching, in addition to making you a better overall ski teacher. ◆◆

by Gwen Allard PSIA-E Adaptive Coordinator Many people seem to be requesting information relative to the process and procedure of the Adaptive Level I exam. Hopefully, the following information will eliminate any misinformation or incorrect concepts you may have. It may even entice you to participate in an Adaptive Level I event. First, if you are not already a member you may become a member of PSIAE by attending this event, successfully passing the exam evaluation, and paying the PSIA-E/PSIA dues. This is a threeday event. Each day you will ski with a different examiner. Each examiner will present material within your category. You will work on your personal skiing skills, review your teaching skills, and explore and review the medical, disability and specialized equipment of your chosen category. By the third day, you may well be saturated with information. This is the clinic part. With that same examiner each day you will be evaluated on your skiing skills, your teaching abilities, and your medical, disability and specialized equipment knowledge in your chosen category. This is the exam part! There are three specialty categories from which to choose your Level I specialty. They are: Blind and Developmentally Delayed, Three Track and Four Track, or Mono and Bi ski teaching. The Adaptive Level I does not exactly equate to the Alpine Level I. True, we test the

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Profile for PSIA-AASI Eastern Division

Winter 2003  

Volume 29, Number 4

Winter 2003  

Volume 29, Number 4