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How to Become A Ski Instructor — Part 2

clock 13th November 2012 | comment0 Comments

In part two of our How To Become A Ski Instructor, ICE's Mark Jones talks about taking your BASI Level 2 and what steps to take to be able to take your first ski lesson. If you missed part one, give it a quick read first.

BASI Level 2 (10 days)

The course is physically demanding, as you will spend two blocks of five days involved in lectures, self-study, skiing/riding and teaching. While it is not necessary to be an amazing athlete it does help to have a good level of personal fitness which in turn helps to reduce fatigue and potential for injury. You can greatly help yourself by being familiar with the BASI manuals and in particular the fundamentals of technique and the central theme.

Before you can attend the BASI Level 2 course, you must complete 35 hours of experience in a ski school. This can be done by either shadowing an instructor or teaching as a Level 1 instructor in an artificial environment. Please note that these 35 hours are in addition to the 35 hours required to complete the Level 1 Qualification. Therefore there are 70 hours required between both levels.

Once you have achieved your BASI Level 2, your work prospects are very good. Level 2s regularly leave the courses with ICE and go on to work in Switzerland, Austria, Andorra, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Working in France

At present the French authorities only recognise Alpine qualifications, with other disciplines being treated as offshoots. To work in France a UK instructor must comply with one of the following:

  • Be part of the ESF system within a ski school holding the Centre de Formation status (training status), as a 'stagiaire' (trainee). This involves passing the Test Technique and a timed slalom — organised by the DDJS (local department authority) — at which the candidate must achieve a specified time. After obtaining the Test Technique and a first aid certificate, the candidate enters the Préformation — a two week residential course, again run by the DDJS. On completion, the candidate becomes a 'stagiaire' and can work for an approved ski school.
  • Hold the BASI Alpine Level 2 Instructor Qualification or the BASI Alpine Level 3 ISIA Qualification & the Test Technique qualification, followed by working as a 'stagiaire' with an approved ski school. Having entered the stagiaire system, the BASI Level 3 ISIA has a 3-year period to complete the BASI Level 4 ISTD Qualification (including the European Speed Test).
  • Hold the BASI Alpine Level 3 ISIA Qualification and have passed the Test Technique.

Working Independently

Only instructors qualified at BASI Level 4 ISTD level can work independently and take their own clients on to the mountain.

Once you have obtained your Level 4 ISTD qualification — you will need to apply for full French equivalence for the region that you are going to work in to be able to teach independently or with a ski school in France. There are two routes to complete the modules required to get you to this level as shown in this video:

Part three coming soon.



How to Become A Ski Instructor — Part 1

clock 13th November 2012 | comment0 Comments

Mark Jones, one of ICE Val d'Isere's instructor trainers, has brought us this great guest post about how to train be become a ski instructor. In part one he looks at getting started with your BASI level 1.

Part 1 - BASI Level 1

One of the questions we are asked most is "How do I go about becoming a ski instructor?" This article is designed to answer those questions, but if you still aren’t sure you can always call us for a chat.

For most people starting out on a career as a ski instructor, or even just wanting to get to a minimum level to be able to teach part-time, you will need to achieve the BASI Level 2 qualification. However, before you can train for your level 2 qualification, you must complete the BASI Level 1 course, which offers a great introduction to the BASI system.

BASI Level 1 (5 days)

The Level 1 Instructor course is the first instructor qualification within the BASI system of training and grading. It is the initial step on the route to becoming an internationally recognised snowsport instructor. The course aims to provide you with the basic information and skills which will enable you to develop your practical performance, prior to returning for the Level 2 instructor course.

Before you can finish the BASI Level 1 qualification, you must complete 35 hours of experience in a ski school. This can be done by shadowing an instructor in an artificial or mountain environment. You must also complete the courses below:

  • Safeguarding children: This is an additional module that needs to be completed as part of the BASI Level 1 qualification. The Safeguarding Children module is available through BASI as an online course. This means it can be done in your own time and in the comfort of your own home, and because it's online, the cost of this module is only £25.
  • CRB check: This is a necessity for all working snowsports instructors and must be completed to maintain a current BASI licence.
  • First Aid Course: As a snowsports instructor, you are required to renew your First Aid licence every three years — this needs to be done over a two day course.

In part 2, Mark goes into further detail about taking the BASI level 2 course. But, in the meantime, here's a clip of the ICE guys at work and a few of their trainees enjoying their time in Val d'Isere.



Planetski Interview Richard Downs

clock 2nd November 2012 | comment0 Comments

Iglu's CEO and founder, Richard Downs, was interviewed by Planetski while visiting our stand at this year's London ski show. Here's what Richard had to say on Igluski, the ski show and the industry:



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