Given you have come this far, it seems reasonably likely that you have already thought relatively hard about whether this is the right option for you. Especially given that the courses are not cheap. Below we have tried to summarise all of our knowledge on life as an instructor, the pros, cons and generally nice to knows.
Some students also join us for a year out, rather than to kickstart a career. If that sounds like you it is worth considering if a ski instructor qualification is the right personal development goal.
Ski Instructor Courses as a gap year
Whatever your motivation for doing a ski instructor course, it is almost certain that you will have an incredible time. No matter which route you choose or who you do the course with, spending time in the mountains pushing your ski ability, exploring a resort and relaxing with friends is always going to be an amazing experience.
Chances are, when you or your family are spending such a large amount of money; you also want something that will provide you with longer-term value.
Ski Instructor Qualifications are helpful in the “real world”, but there are other options out there too. If you consider doing one of our qualifications as a gap year, we will encourage you to explore these options and link them to your longer-term goals.
Long Term Career Opportunities
You have got your entry-level qualifications, so what happens next? Many course providers seem to give the impression that once you have your BASI 1 & 2 or equivalent qualifications, you are good to go, and your career is sorted.
This is only partly true, you are definitely on the right path, and you will be able to work but depending on your own life goals, you may well need to continue training, which will involve further investment.
It is entirely possible to make a lifelong full-time career out of Snow Sports instruction, and there are opportunities beyond being fully qualified.
The Timeline to getting qualified
BASI 1 & 2 or equivalent qualifications can be completed by most in a single season. While higher than many recreational skiers, the skiing standard required is achievable by anyone given the right amount of focus.
Beyond that, the Timeline is primarily linked to two things budget and ability. The two are, unfortunately, inextricably linked. Having more of one means you can get away with having less of the other.
What about the Summer?
Becoming a ski instructor does have one glaring issue. The Northern Hemisphere ski season, at best only accounts for 42% of the year. Leaving you quite a lot of free time.
You can extend this to 70% of the year if you are happy to head down to the southern hemisphere and work there. Travelling like this is an incredible opportunity and a great way to see the world.
As you get older, you may find you want to settle down. Yes, we know it is a long way off, and yes, we know how old that makes us sound. But take it from us at this point, travelling across the globe every six months becomes a little less palatable.
In our opinion developing a trade/skill is one of the most valuable ways you can secure your annual earning potential.
Your Earning Potential
Even if you are not looking to make a long term career from ski instruction, you may still want to earn some money from it.
What’s next for the ski industry?
We would love a crystal ball so that we could answer this. It would certainly make planning a little easier.
As part of our ski school operations, we spend hours analysing industry data and trends. If you are serious about becoming a ski instructor, we think it is only fair to share some of these findings with you. After all, it affects your future too.
Not sure where to go next?
If you have no idea where to start, then we suggest getting in touch. One of our team will be able to take you through the pros and cons of each course and chat about whether or not a Ski Instructor course is the best option for you.