Volunteer Training

To ensure athletes get the best instruction in adaptive sport in a safe and professional environment, Whistler Adaptive is offers training and certification upgrades for our volunteers and coaches. Our volunteers need to be equipped with the knowledge to coach at the best of their ability and to feel supported in their training goals. Contact us to find out about upcoming training opportunities.

Upcoming Training:

  1. CANUCK AUTISM NETWORK :  TOOLBOX WORKSHOP FOR WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM. CLASS IN SQUAMISH  OCTOBER 24th  5:30 PM - 9:00 PM       https://goo.gl/forms/mzZMb2rK9gq902Mf2   Free of charge                                                            
  2. HIGH FIVE: PRINCIPLES OF HEALTHY CHILD DEVELOPMENT HIGH FIVE, in partnership with the BC Recreation and Parks Association, is a one-day workshop that offers training for anyone working with children aged 6 to 12 who want to learn more what they need to do to ensure each child’s social, emotional and cognitive needs are met.
    CLASS IN WHISTLER Friday October 19th 9:00am - 4:00pm              More info can be found here: www.whistlersportlegacies.com/coachesweek2018  Free of charge, Whistler Adaptive will pay registration fee. Please email info@whistleradaptive.com so that I can register you.
  3. COUNT US IN: MANAGING DIFFICULT BEHAVIOUR IN SPORT Count Us In: Managing Difficult Behaviour in sport educates coaches and instructors on best practices for including children and youth within sport programs. Learn to cope with difficult behaviour in a group setting and empower children and youth to self-regulate by providing a supportive environment.​  CLASS IN WHISTLER Sunday October 21st 9:30am - 2:30pm More info can be found here: www.whistlersportlegacies.com/coachesweek2018   Free of charge, Whistler Adaptive will pay registration fee. Please email info@whistleradaptive.com so that I can register you.


CADS Levels 1, 2, 2A, 3 & 4 

Whistler Adaptive requires all Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program volunteers and staff to complete their CADS Level 1 before hitting the slopes with an athlete. Each year, instructors can advance their skills by completing the exam at the next level of instruction. CADS instructor certification teaches you about 3-track skiing, 4-track skiing, visually impaired skiing, sit-skiing, and various teaching aids. Learn more about the CADS course curriculum on their website.

For upcoming CADS courses please check here:

CADS Preregistration


Canada Snowboard Adaptive FUNdamentals 

The Adaptive Fundamentals course is the first step for a person who wishes to work with people with a disability on snowboard. The course is recommended for anyone wishing to work with Stage 2 Athletes (AWAD). While this course is a stand-alone course, it is recommended for people taking the course to have their CSCP Comp Into or CASI Level One. Coaches who take this course will not be certified as a coach, and will not be able to able to work as a coach unless they take their Comp Intro or CASI Level One.

Canada Snowboard Adaptive FUNdamentals
Open to the public*. Cost of the course is $80 plus a $25 membership.
December 13 & 14, 2014

*If you're an active Whistler Adaptive volunteer, contact us to register for courses or exams.

Working with Cognitively Challenged Learners

Created by Whistler Adaptive's long-time ski instructor and volunteer, Jennifer Erickson, this online program teaches you about the most common cognitive disabilities we see at Whistler Adaptive and how to adapt your teaching style for each. Complete this training at your own pace as you watch lectures by experts in autism, ADHD, traumatic brain injury and more. Complete online quizzes and submit a volunteer log to fulfill the course obligation and receive your certification. This program is the first of its kind in Canada! Learn more & register today!

Nordic Skiing

Whistler Adaptive Nordic skiing coaches and volunteers have the opportunity to complete courses through Cross Country Canada. Courses generally start as early as October with higher level courses taking place in winter. Instruction in working with para-athletes is also available to Whistler Adaptive volunteers at Whistler Olympic Park. 

Canoeing - Lakewater Program

Each spring, Whistler Adaptive offers Lakewater Program courses to new and returning volunteers and staff. These courses are administered by Recreational Canoeing Association of BC conductors. Students learn about various paddling strokes, water safety, rescues, and gear.


Working with Donny Butler from Captain Holiday's Kayak & Adventure School, our Whistler Adaptive kayak volunteers spend two full days at the beginning of each summer learning about whitewater kayaking. Donny teaches volunteers about the gear, kayak strokes, water dynamics, wet exits and rolls, as well as a typical day with our athletes. Throughout the season Donny offers additional training to our committed volunteers, including a day kayaking on the Lillooet River in Pemberton.

Mountain Biking

Whistler Adaptive bike coach Sylvie Allen, works with volunteers and staff on bike skills and techniques. This short training session generally takes place in May and is open to summer volunteers. Sylvie goes through trail choice for our Sport Academy athletes, stance, balance, descending, braking, cornering, and technical riding.