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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:

The Ski Trip — you, your friends and the perfect chalet

clock 31st October 2012 | comment1 Comments

How many ski holidays do you go on in a year? Probably one, right? If you’re really lucky — more — but probably one. And yet, to make it to those snow-covered slopes, how many page results do you scroll down, how many chalets do you click through, how many endless dropdowns do you change?

The Ski Trip will help you find just one ideal holiday, because that’s all you need.

Normally searching for a ski holiday involves you opening many sites, shuffling through tabs, fiddling with filters, sorting results… Not this one. In fact, this one is simply plain fun to search.

The great thing about Facebook is all your friends are on it. And if they’re already on it, why should it be so difficult to sort out your holiday with them? The Ski Trip lets you pick buddies to go on holiday with and chat with them whilst you’re all looking at the same holiday, so everybody is on the same page — literally.

Making this app took a huge amount of effort, hundreds of cups of coffee and a few leaps of faith. So play with it, share it, find your ideal holiday and then tell us how we can make it better.

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