BASI is the British Association of Snowsports Instructors and is responsible for the training and licensing of snowsports instructors in the UK. Their qualifications are among the most respected in the world and have global recognition. Each nation has their version of BASI, but very few qualification providers are as well recognised or as widely accepted. BASI qualifications open the door to a lifetime of rewarding work across the globe, with employment opportunities everywhere from China to France.
New Generation is a recognised BASI Partner and approved by the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) to promote and sell specified BASI courses. New Generation’s Courchevel, Meribel and Verbier Residential courses are 10 or 11 week long courses. Training for 7-8 weeks of these courses are delivered by instructors employed directly by New Generation. The remaining 3 weeks of these residential courses are delivered by BASI Trainers supplied and approved by BASI under our BASI Partner agreement.
To view the different courses that New Generation can offer at each level of the instructor pathway, just follow the links below:
The BASI Level 1 Course
The BASI Level 1 is the entry level BASI qualification. The exam itself is 5 days long and can be sat in a snowdome or in a mountain environment. There are a further 4 modules that must all be completed before you receive your BASI 1 license. These modules are;
- BASI Level 1 exam
- Criminal Record check
- Protecting Children module
- 2 day Outdoor First Aid course
- 35 hours of ski school experience
Upon successful completion of the BASI Level 1 ski instructor qualification candidates are able to teach in an enclosed environment such as a snowdome or dry ski slope.
BASI Level 2 Course
The BASI Level 2 is the gateway qualification in the BASI system that enables you to teach in a mountain environment. It covers everything from teaching those who have never seen a ski before right up to parallel turns. It is recognised in a variety of different countries around the world and is a great starting point for those wanting to make a career out of their ski instructor course. The BASI Level 2 ski instructor qualification consists of the following two modules that must be completed in the order below.
Upon successful completion of the BASI Level 2 qualification candidates are able to teach on marked runs within the confines of the resort boundary.
BASI Level 3 Course/ISIA
The BASI Level 3 or ISIA qualification holds the ISIA (International Ski Instructor Association) stamp and is regarded as the highest level of ski instructor qualification in many parts of the world. The BASI Level 3 or ISIA qualification is a big step up from the Level 2 and consists of 8 compulsory modules these are;
- Level 3 Teaching exam
- Level 3 Technical exam
- Second discipline Level 1 exam (ie snowboarding, adaptive etc.)
- Common Theory course
- Level 3 Mountain Safety course
- Second language
- Coaching Level 1
- 200 hours of teaching experience
Upon successful completion of their BASI Level 3 / ISIA candidates are able to teach any level of skier on or off-piste within the resort boundary. The BASI Level 3 is not recognised in France but is recognised across the remainder of the world.
BASI Level 4 Course or ISTD
The BASI Level 4 is the final rung on the BASI ski instructor qualification ladder. It is recognised across the world including France, which is why our instructors are so highly qualified. The BASI Level 4 or ISTD qualification consists of 10 modules which are;
- Written Project
- Eurotest (Giant Slalom speed test)
- Level 2 Coaching qualification
- Level 4 Technical exam
- Level 4 Teaching exam
- Personal interview
- 200 hours teaching experience
- Level 4 EMS training
- Level 4 EMS exam
- 6 days of logged tours
Upon successful completion of the qualification, instructors are able to teach any where in the world on or off-piste regardless of resort boundaries. The only limitation of the BASI Level 4 / ISTD qualification is that instructors are not able to teach on glaciated terrain or on any route that requires the planned use of ropes.
Get more information about the BASI ski levels
Becoming a ski instructor may seem a daunting task and the variety of courses available certainly does not make it any easier, but here at New Generation we have over 10 years experience of running ski instructor training courses and during that time we have come across most situations, problems and variables.
We are available 7 days a week and will be able to guide you through all steps of the BASI system, at every level. So contact us today and find out more.
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