Alpine Level 1 Ski Instructor Course

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What can Alpine Level 1 Instructors do?

When you achieve the Alpine Level 1 Instructor qualification you will be able to teach and work on indoor ski slopes and real snow indoor skiing centres, such as the The Chill Factore in Manchester and The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead. You will not however be able to teach and work on mountain ranges, since this requires additional qualifications.

What do you learn during the course

The British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI) Level 1 Alpine course lasts for 5 days, during which you will learn about skiing safety; how to plan, conduct, and evaluate an instruction course; learn about accident and emergency activities; and finally you will learn how to improve personal skiing and instruction performance.

In addition to these core skills you will also gain a thorough understanding of the FIS (Federation Internationale de Ski) rules of conduct [see the official FIS website]; the principles of knowing how to teach skiing; the overall structure of Snow Sports in the UK; the roles of Snow Sports agencies across the UK; the promotion and marketing of Snow Sports across the UK; and finally you will gain a full understanding of how to manage and deal with accidents and emergencies.

Extra activities needed to get this Alpine Qualification

In addition to this 5 day Alpine Ski Instructor Course you will also need to complete a Safeguarding Children Module. This module can be done anytime and you simply need to login to the members area of the BASI website and book yourself onto a Safeguarding Children course. This course is completely online, so you can complete it at home at your own pace.

After you have taken the Alpine Level 1 Snow Sports Instructor course you will need to complete 35 hours of teaching or get 35 hours of snowsports experience at a snowsports school. These 35 hours must come after the completion of the Alpine Level 1 course and any hours gained before taking this Level 1 course will not count. During these 35 hours of of snowsports experience you will learn how to book and sort people into suitable ski lessons, shadow an experienced instructor, deliver alpine level 1 standard lessons, understand customer satisfaction criteria, risk and safety assessment, and other everyday general experiences. You will record your experiences and a written report will be signed by a supervisor to assure you have completed this training.

Finally you need to attend a 2 day First Aid course that is held by a recognised Health and Safety organisation, and upon completion of this First Aid course you will be fully qualified as a Level 1 Apline Ski Instructor, and will be able to work on dry ski slopes and real snow indoor skiing slopes.

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