Have you ever been on a skiing or snowboarding holiday and seen some bronzed instructor sipping some exotic tall drink and thought to yourself, that would be a nice job to have. Or maybe you are pretty handy on the slopes and think that maybe you have it in you to teach others how to do it, well maybe you should think seriously about becoming a professional fully qualified ski or snowboard instructor. There are many companies offering instructor training courses abroad, such as SnowSkool, who have courses available in Canada, New Zealand, France, and America.
There are different paths that you can take that will lead you to your end destination, but perhaps the most structured and efficient way is to go through the British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI), who are based in Grantown-on-Spey in Scotland.
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British Association of Snowsports Instructors
17 The Square
Once you have decided that you want to become a professional ski or snowboard instructor your next choice is to decide on which discipline you will specialise in. You have a choice of Alpine, Snowboard, Telemark, Adaptive, and Nordic, and your first step on your journey will begin with taking a Level 1 instructors course in your chosen expert discipline. These courses do not have to be taken in Scotland, in fact they can be taken at indoor Snow Domes that are spotted across the UK, or on dry ski slopes around the UK, or even abroad on real snow slopes.
During your Level 1 instructor course you will need to complete a Safeguarding Children Module and a First Aid Course, as well as completing 35 hours of Snowsport School experience. Once these aspects are complete you will achieve your level 1 instructor qualification and will be at the level necessary to teach at this standard. However, before you are officially able to teach you must complete a Criminal Record Disclosure to ensure you are a safe and proper person to teach others how to ski or snowboard.
We have prepared detailed overviews on becoming an Alpine Ski Instructor. Visit our Alpine Level 1 Ski Instructor Course, Alpine Level 2 Ski Instructor Course, Alpine Level 3 Ski Instructor Course, and Alpine Level 4 Ski Instructor Course pages for more information about Alpine Ski Instructor Qualifications. The Official BASI website has information on all disciplines of Snow Sport Instructors, and our list below highlights where Ski and Snowboard Instructor courses can be taken.
Where you can take the Level 1 Instructor Course: