How to become a ski instructor: The BASI Level 2
DJ or Ski instructor?
You can still gain your BASI level 2 ski instructor qualification whilst being a lawyer in London a DJ in Newcastle or a professional ballerina in Milan. Its only when you start to move onto the BASI level 3 or ISIA qualification that most people start to shift their lives and careers towards skiing and most of the time move to the alps.
For this reason sometimes the type of students that participate at a Level 2 exam can vary a lot. I think it is important to recognise the value of this exam and do not underestimate it.
Fun but intense exam.
The BASI Level 2 exam is a fun, rewarding, interesting two weeks and most people come out of the exam with a lifelong passion for ski instruction! But it is also a long, full on exam. Ten days, 6 hours a day on the slope and 2 hours in a class room. The level of attention required is high. Technical skiing and teaching, a mix that by the end of week two will have blown your mind away! Be ready for it.
Many people underestimate the BASI level 2 exam. If you are concerned about your ability why not join us at one of our free UK open days where one of our trainers can have a quick look at your skiing and advise you on whether they feel it is appropriate for you to sit the exam. If you are not quite at the level yet then don’t stress, you can come to as many open days as you like to work on the weaker areas of you skiing, alternatively you could join our 2 Week BASI level 2 training in Tignes
Skiing or training.
The most obvious but important tip to properly approach the BASI Level 2 exam, or any exam, is to be well prepared. Dedicating enough time on the slope, training correctly is key for success. Allowing enough time to be out on the slope training with a focus is a must, but it is not enough to be just out skiing everyday. You need to be out dedicating time to specific development. If you are doing a Residential Ski instructor course the trainer will sort all of this out for you. However if you are out skiing for yourself decide whether it is going to be a skiing day or it is going to be a useful training day. It does not have to be a whole day long training, one hour a day is enough, but make it count!
Look after you and your skis.
Maintaining a good level of fitness will help you remain focused and performing at a higher level for longer during the two weeks of exam, so not too many burgers and chips!!! Saying no to comfort food grows determination 😉
Also if you have been skiing all season, every day, your ski pants and jacket might look a bit tired, try and make sure that when you start the course you look the part and you don’t have bits of trousers hanging off into the snow, jeeeeez I sound so old!!!
Get used to skiing on a sharp ski. It is important to keep your skis sharp regularly through the season during training. Do not just service your skis the day before the exam. It might work against you and actually make you ski worst because you are not used to it.
Try and get into a routine during the exam. Your own personal way of starting and finishing the day will help you destress outside the exam hours. This can be as simple as storing the skis always in the same place, drying your boots straight away after skiing etc.
If you are taking an exam in a new resort this might take a couple of days so spend enough time finding your own little routine and dimension.
Be open minded.
One of the most important things I find is peoples mind set. Be open minded and ready to change. It is very normal that during BASI exams you will be told what you are doing wrong and how to make it better.
Accept it and take it as an opportunity to develop, you will benefit as a skier and it will give you more chance of being successful in your exam.
Be a team player. It is not a race against the other students in the group it is more of a journey together and if you show that you care for the others and you want to help everyone out you’ll have a much better time and you will feel much more supported too and you’ll probably relax and ski/teach better.