Before applying for an Alpine Level 1 Instructor course, students must:
- Be able to ski parallel confidently, coping with a variety of conditions and are advised to have completed at least 16 full weeks of skiing.
- Be able to ski parallel confidently on red runs, making rhythmical turns close to the fall line at a steady pace.
- Have an understanding of Client care
The Level 1 Instructor course will prepare you by developing your:
- Practical performance in the BASI Central Theme and Piste Performance
- Introduce the role of the Snowsport Instructor
- Teaching principles
- Leadership & people management
- Customer Care
- Awareness of the structure of snow sports in the UK and internationally and organisations involved in the structure.
A qualified BASI/ICE trainer will run your course. Trainers are selected by BASI for their skills in skiing/boarding, teaching and communication.
During the course your trainer will continually assess you. The trainer’s objective is to provide you with an end of course assessment of your personal performance.
Delivery of the syllabus will take different forms. Training will primarily take place on the snow and be supplemented by lectures, tutorials and video review normally in the evenings. The daily programme will normally comprise of five hours on snow/slope, two hours off snow in the evening and one hour of student self study.
On completion of the Level 1 Instructor course you will be registered on the BASI database as an Associate Member. As an Associate Member you will receive copies of the in house journal: BASI News.
Membership is renewable annually on payment of the appropriate fee in October each year.
Successful completion of this course will mean that you become a Level 1 Instructor. As such you will have been trained in the basic skills, knowledge and understanding of a snowsport instructor without any experience. You will receive a licence to teach snowsports in a non-mountain environment, i.e. Uk dry slopes or indoor snowslopes.
It should be noted that to obtain your Level 1 Instructor qualification, you will need to provide BASI with proof of 35hrs of logged ski school experience (once having attended your Level 1 course) First Aid certificate and Child protection module.
Holders of the Snowsport Scotland ASSI / ASBI qualifications can apply for exemption from this course to go directly onto the Level 2 Instructor course. (This process requires a letter to apply for exemption)
In the run up to courses we are often asked a great many questions about equipment and clothing. Our experience of clothing leads us to believe that the layered concept is the most versatile. We do go out in all weathers and therefore a breathable waterproof outer layer is preferred. You should always bring sufficient layers to cope with a variety of temperatures. Though, it must be said, that heat stress in November is rare, whereas, it can be a problem in April.
Snowsport equipment and boots should be as good as you can afford. Boots need to be a compromise of complete comfort and performance. Modern equipment should be good quality and fit for purpose.
Call us on 0870 760 7360 for more information. If you choose option 3, you can speak directly to a BASI Trainer who will happily discuss the course content, accommodation, what to do with your qualifications, how to find work and answer any questions you may have about the course or skiing and snowboarding in general.