What about security in snow sports classes?
By definition an accident is unforseens and out of control. The only way to try to avoid it is prevention. An accident of a child is even more dramatic when it occurs during leisure and activities. Swiss Snowsports, the Association heading all the official Ski Schools of Switzerland, has been actively working on standardising the teaching of snow sports to children. Security is considered as important as methodology and pedagogy.
Industry also now offers materiel adapted specifically to the youngest children. Our teachers are qualified to help parents choose the right equipment for their children. Our teachers are qualified to help parents choose the right equipment for their children. They also will make them aware of the importance of wearing adapted helmet and goggles, as every teacher can remember of children arriving with the boots of the elder brother and the skis of a cousin. Materiel is personal, even if it is rented, and will be adjusted to its user and not for the whole family.
Besides, the notion of teaching has developed. Most of the time, the activities and games with the youngest take place in secured place like a snow garden. After the children have progressed, they will go down runs in conformity with the 10 FIS rules of conduct and the teacher will be keen to make the children well aware of the dangers of their sport.
Information to parents is also essential and only a good dialogue between professionals and users of the white gold can reduce the occurence of dramatic accidents on the ski runs.
The Swiss Ski School of Geneva wishes a splendid and save season to all lovers of mountain and snow sports, elder and younger.
Dr Eric Juillerat
Ski Instructor (Federal Diploma)
Sports Medicine Unit, Clinique Générale-Beaulieu