FS1 Information

Freestyle Specialist 1 (FS1) is the first of three freestyle courses for PSIA and AASI, and it includes an evaluation component. The course includes an interactive online course; skiing/riding and teaching scenarios; and a technical discussion regarding how individuals learn and progress through beginner/novice zones.

The FS1 course is for instructors comfortable with the basics of freestyle and who are looking to continue their professional development.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Must complete the interactive online course for Freestyle Specialist, Snowboard track or Alpine track. This national interactive eLearning course is discipline specific and needs to be completed prior to registering for the on snow evaluation.
  • Must be an active participant in the course.
  • A passing score from divisional freestyle education staff based on the participant’s demonstrated knowledge, understanding, teaching, movement analysis, and on-snow movement as described in the standards below.

Evaluations of those taking the FS1 course reflect the participants’ knowledge of safety in the freestyle environment, teaching freestyle, and possess the requisite skills necessary to demonstrate freestyle maneuvers to their guests. Successful completion of the course grants professional recognition to the coach/instructor for their education, experience, and expertise in freestyle. Depending on the division, this may be a multidisciplinary course.

Instructors are encouraged to take the FS1 course once they’ve achieved Level I PSIA-AASI certification.

Participants’ achievement will be relayed via verbal feedback from the clinician throughout the course and written feedback at its end.

Experience Requirements:

The Freestyle Specialist E-Learning Course must be completed prior to registering for your on-snow event. This E-Learning Course is offered in a Snowboard or Skiing track, costs $20 and offers 1 CEU credit upon completion. You can access the course here:

  • Freestyle Specialist E-Learning Course for Snowboard Track
  • Freestyle Specialist E-Learning Course for Skiing Track
  • PSIA-AASI recognizes three levels of Freestyle specialty: Freestyle Specialist 1, Freestyle Specialist 2 and Freestyle Specialist 3. Success is based on the individual’s attainment and application of discipline specific skill ability, educational expertise and experience related to teaching freestyle to the general public.

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