Hillend - Shadowing
Moving onto the specifics of Hillend as this will be the main ski centre for the majority of LSR Trainees who undertake their instructor/coaching qualifications.
To shadow, both instructor and coach, at Hillend you must apply to shadow, which can be done by contacting Hillend reception. You must have your BASI L1 Instructor Course Certificate and/or UKSS L1 Foundation Certificate, Child Protection/Safeguarding Children Online Course Certificate, 2-Day Outdoor First Aid Course Certificate and your PVG/Disclosure Scotland Certificate to start your shadowing application.
It is worth noting at Hillend has lots of people wishing to shadow and does periodically closes applications to shadow when they physically cannot take more shadow instructors on the slope. You can check the status of these application closures here - https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/directory_record/684/ski_instructor_shadowing/category/150/more_advanced_coaching
All instructor shadowing is organised by Hillend, after your application is completed and you have done all the paperwork. They will aid in scheduling classes for you to shadow, covering varying ages and abilities to try and give you an all-round experience.
Coaching shadowing is done the same, the only slight difference is that LSR Head Coach Callum Henderson can organise the shadowing of LSR sessions. However, you must have been through the whole application process with Hillend and Callum will need to be given approval by Hillend to proceed.
You can shadow at any ski centre or resort, as long as the person you are shadowing is suitable and able to sign you off. Example, a UKSS L1 cannot sign off another UKSS L1, it must be signed off by a UKSS L2 or above.
When you have completed all yoru shadowing and everything else you are all set to be employed and start working. The only last requirement is to be 18 years old or older to work at Hillend (some other centres it is lower).