WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
BASI (The British Association of Snowsport Instructors) is the UK's professional snow sports training body, together with the team they have worked to set up an all round Ski instructor course designed to refine and improve your skills. BASI courses offer the best chance of employment, so that you can become a certified instructor with worldwide opportunities.
The training provided includes: instructor courses, coaching, ski tech, bio-mechanical assessment (optional at an additional price), physiotherapy back-up, First Aid course and state-of-the-art video analysis. The support doesn’t end after the training. Post-course you will be given CV and career advice, professional references and access to our network of snow sports schools and industry contacts worldwide
WHAT WILL I BE DOING
You will start with an intensive personal performance course covering high-speed, off-piste, bumps, steeps, racing, snow park and free ride, mountain safety and off-piste awareness. This is followed by a BASI Level 1 Instructor Course, then five weeks of full-time training and shadowing of ski instructors in the workplace, and culminating in the two week BASI Level 2 Instructor Course. Generally training runs from Monday to Friday with the weekends off for free skiing.
Week 1 and 2: Personal Skiing Development Course
The first two weeks are very busy but fun. When you arrive in Tignes you will have welcome drinks at The Alpaka Lodge where you can meet the team. There will be a resort orientation and the chance to settle into resort life. You will be skiing hard with 10 full days training, to prepare yourself for your first exam. You will have the weekends to relax.
Week 3: BASI Level 1 Instructor Course
Monday to Friday will be full days on the slopes doing your BASI Level 1.
Weeks 4 to 8: Training
During these weeks you will receive three full days performance training per week to improve your personal skiing the rest will be taken up with your own personal training and the other subjects mentioned below. With the aid of your trainers you will put your action plan from your BASI Level 1 Course into practice and aim to maximise your potential.
Ski School Experience
You will complete 70 hours of shadowing and ski school industry experience. You will follow instructors at work and get a first hand view as to what it's really like to be a ski instructor.
Avalanche Awareness Module
Learn to use a transceiver properly, how to minimise risk when travelling in off piste terrain, how to spot the danger signs and the procedure to follow in the event of an accident. Most GAP courses don’t include this module.
First Aid Course
You will complete a 2 day first aid course recognised by BASI, without which your BASI license will not be valid.
Child Protection Module
This compulsory module is essential for working with children and gaining your BASI qualifications.
Try your hand at racing, trained by our own highly qualified and experienced race coaches.
Weeks 9 and 10: BASI Level 2 Instructor Course
This course is two weeks of continual training and assessment, with the weekend off in the middle. On successful completion you will gain the BASI Ski Instructor Qualification. A party and celebrations will be held on the final evening to mark the end of your time and to congratulate you.
Read more about this project on our gap year blog.