It has been for a long time at the top of my bucketlist: being a snowboardmonitor/instructor. A few months ago I was in Berlin for a friend’s birthday, when another friend (Wout) sent a WhatsApp-message to know if I had something to do at the end of March. Even if I was in Berlin, he had my attention and I listened to the reason of the question. He was looking for a second snowboarder to go to Flaine. He told me Neckermann needed one more instructor to teach some girls what’s snowboarding is all about. I was still in Berlin, so I wasn’t able to give him a certain answer, but the question at that moment was: Am I almost no rookie anymore? I hope so…
Once I was home, I called Wout for more information. He told me about the organisation and his previous experiences with the group. A women he knows organises this trip for a long time and it all started with a group of good friends. The group became bigger and bigger which ended right now with a big group of 200 acquaintances. The intention of the trip is that Wout and I will be the instructor of the children from the group and this everyday till the afternoon. It sounded like music in my ears! I asked him some time to check my agenda and double-check my days of work at my internship. Finally after a few days I called him back and confirmed the trip. Eventually it’s still a snowboard trip for a very small amount of money and a very nice accommodation. Finally I would be able to check “become a snowboard instructor” from my bucketlist, but I’m quite sure it wouldn’t be the last time!
Once the trip comes closer, it becomes more exciting! I’m thinking about how to handle the lessons because without a certificate it really isn’t a matter of course . Last week I arranged a meeting with Wout in the “Trollenkelder” in Ghent to talk about the process of the trip to France, the snowboardlessons and a lot more.
There will be two groups of snowboarders. One group who can’t snowboard at all and an other group who has a little experience. I’m willing to teach the group without any boardin-‘experience because otherwise I should be able to say to the non-beginners what they could do better to strengthen the technique. It’s definitely a fact of self-confidence and enough knowledge. That’s why Wout gave me the tip to look up many YouTube-videos about how to snowboard. When I think about it, it may not be difficult because I have been snowboarding since I’m eleven years old.
The preparations are done, today I collected all my clothes and gear. That’s to make tomorrow’s “luggage-pack-day” a lot more easier. The clock is thicking and the adventure is coming closer. When I searched the internet to collect some more information about Flaine, I was almost blown away by the snow conditions. They look incredible, a nearly four-meter thick layer of snow at the top! Mmmmm… I like: packed powder 🙂
After seeing the video above there was only one thing to do, take care of all the work I have to do (school, internship and my own nightlife organisation)! If all this is done, I’ll have a perfect emptied mind and a fully charged battery.
TikTak, clock is ticking… 3 days to go!
Curious about my first instructor adventures? Come back in two weeks to read the full story! Bye.