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The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club is looking for more coaches to further develop our programs. Even if you are not a retired Olympic Biathlete, you can still contribute a tremendous amount. We are looking for people who have either some shooting experience, or skate skiing experience, or both, who are interested in developing their own skills and helping to advance others'.

This is a supportive environment for you to develop your shooting, skiing and coaching skills. If you're willing to be a coach – the club will sponsor your education and training. In return for your commitment to coach in one of the club's programs, the club will pay for your course registration fee, and support you through ongoing Coaching Refresher workshops. These coach training opportunities are open to all members of the club regardless of your current shooting or skiing ability.

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) of Canada is used by ski and biathlon clubs across the country. It is a competency-based approach, and focuses on experiential learning and the needs of the participants. The program is designed with the Long Team Athlete Development (LTAD) Model in mind and certification is based on the coaches' abilities, and doesn't rely on purely “text-book” knowledge. Many coaches taking this course find that their own abilities improve throughout the learning process!

Through Biathlon Canada, there are two streams for coach education.

For more information about the different coaching courses, please check out the Biathlon Canada website.

We plan to offer Bronze, Silver and Gold Courses this season at the VIBC Range.

Strathcona Nordics Ski Club invites VIBC coaches to join in the Coaching Refresher On-Snow Workshops that are offered through the ski season. Biathlon coaches will benefit from tips and tricks in ski instruction shared in both the Classic and Skate workshops. Refreshers will be offered:

If you are interested in taking any of these courses, please contact the club at

Criminal Record Check

Anyone coaching children under the age of 19 is required to have a Criminal Record Check (CRC) done every three years, to ensure the safety of our children and youth participating in sports. All information is handled with complete confidentiality. This process can now be done online, which makes everything a lot easier! To complete this process, please contact our Program Coordinator, Laura Johnston at Laura will provide you with the website and Access Code to complete your online CRC form.

Criminal Record Checks MUST be completed and submitted prior to the start of the programming. Please do not be discouraged by the process! These are hoops everyone needs to jump through. Your participation is very much appreciated and valued by Vancouver Island Biathlon Club!

If you have the same combination of gender and date-of-birth as a sex offender whose record has been suspended, you must be fingerprinted to confirm your identity. This is a federal RCMP requirement that applies to all Canadians. Most people who are fingerprinted in a vulnerable sector check do not have a sexual offence record. However, fingerprinting is necessary to eliminate the possibility that an offender has changed their name in order to pass a criminal record check. In the unlikely event that you do have the same gender and date-of-birth as a record suspended sex offender, you will receive a letter from the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) informing you that your fingerprints are required. The letter will include forms and instructions on what to do, including a visit to your local police agency to have your fingerprints taken. Your prints are then submitted to the RCMP's Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services to confirm whether or not they match those of a person with a record suspension for a sexual offence. The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club will cover all the costs for the CRC and subsequent fingerprinting, if required. Any further questions regarding this process should be directed to our Program Coordinator, Laura Johnston at


Officials are the crucial part to hosting a race – and we need more! Please consider this volunteer opportunity, especially if you expect to be at any of the club races as a parent. You do not need any biathlon experience, or even any previous race volunteer experience. The courses teach you what you need to know, and we'll help you put it into practice.

Officials training begins with your choice of online course modules which can be done at your pace, or a “live” weekend course. The Vancouver Island Biathlon Club will pay your registration fee for the course, you just need to put in the time to learn.

For more information about the different officials courses, please check out the Biathlon Canada website.

Officials will be needed at our VIBC Races:

Help is also very much appreciated for the Cadet Zone Race:

If you are interested in taking any of these courses in the 2016/2017 season, please contact the Program Coordinator, Laura Johnston at

Other Roles

The success and vibrancy of the Vancouver Island Biathlon Club is due to the many volunteers who contribute talents, time and energy in many different forms year round. Whether you like to be on the range or in the hut, face to face or behind the scenes, there's a place for you to be part of the team at VIBC.

Here's just a short list of the many areas you can help out:

Please consider what area you can give back to the club, and let us know at