The Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI) was formed in 1994 and incorporated in 1995. It is the professional snowboard teaching body in Canada with its Head Office located in Cambridge, Ontario.
CASI's Mission Statement is “To promote the sport of snowboarding, snowboard instruction and the profession of snowboard teaching in Canada by training and certifying snowboard instructors to ensure that a national standard of safe and efficient snowboard instruction is maintained.”
CASI is divided into 6 regions: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba/Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic. Each region has a Regional Coordinator to address regional concerns and administer our Level 1 Courses.
In addition there is a Technical and Educational Committee (TEC) to assist in the operation of CASI. The TEC is made up of six (6) members representing the regions and is chaired by our National Technical Coordinator (NTC), who meet once or twice a year. The purpose of the TEC is to make decisions regarding course content, manual content, and technical doctrine and to make those recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval. The NTC also attends Board meetings representing the TEC, as a non-voting member.
People who wish to become members of CASI must attend and pass a Level 1 Instructor certification course, which are held at various locations across Canada each winter. Upon becoming a member, each person can receive the latest information on technique and teaching methods via regular newsletters and clinics.
CASI certification is comprised of four levels. Level 1 is an introductory course designed to teach Instructors how to introduce snowboarding to beginning riders. Level 2 stresses more the intermediate level of riding skills. The Level 3 focuses on the advanced and the Level 4 focuses on expert riding techniques, teaching and pedagogy skills.
CASI also offers two Park certification courses for those Instructors who are interested in taking their class into the terrain parks and exploring introductory to advanced freestyle riding.