We hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of the season. The trees are starting to turn green again and it is well and truly time to start looking forward to next season. Part of the reason for writing this blog is to remind every one that the price freeze on our BASI level 3 ISIA training programmes ends at midnight on the 30th of April. However a more importantly we wanted to take a closer look at what is changing in our BASI level 3 ISIA training programmes and why.
As well as our successful ISIA training programme in the 3 Valleys we will also be running a twin programme in Val D’Isere.
So what has changed in our 2015/16 ISIA training programmes?
- The first and most noticeable will be weekly french lessons. As part of your ISIA qualification you will be required to sit a 2nd language exam and these will geared towards helping you pass that. A 2nd language is also fast becoming a deciding factor for us during the recruitment process for all of our ski schools. So take these lessons seriously as it will make a huge difference to your employability.
- The fitness sessions should be indoors and will be supported by an off season training programme updated daily to our site that you will be able to follow to ensure you are prepared for your course. This will help you stay injury free and ensure you perform to your potential. If you are not convinced read this on fitness for ski instructor training.
- There will be more support from the BASI trainers in the ski school and regular assessments from a trainer to ensure you are working towards the right goals.
- There will be an introduction to Giant Slalom week on the Courchevel/Val D’isere stade. This will help prepare you for your Eurotest training and give you a really good understanding of the fundamental aspects of ski racing which will be invaluable as you go into your performance training.
- We will no longer be training on Sundays. To give students sufficient time to recover from high intensity training and provide them with more opportunities to work we will be removing the Sunday sessions.
- This will means most weeks students will train 5 days a week.
- We recommend they use 1 day off for rest and the 2nd day off to practise some of the skills they have learnt in training. If you are unsure of why you need to practise outside of training read this blog on sport vs recreation.
- Having full weekends off mean students can also make more of the high volume of work opportunities that are available at the weekends. From transfer driving to cleaning, weekend work pays well and can offer the vital financial support students need.
- There is the potential for 7 weeks of work during the course. This will be with our partner ski schools in Switzerland, Italy and Austria and is perfect for those who want to earn some money as well as those who need to complete their teaching hours. If you work all 7 weeks you should be able to reach around 150 hours.
- BASI have also just announced that they will be running two ISIA technical and an ISIA teaching exam as well as the level 3 mountain safety exams in Courchevel and Val D’Isere during next season. Being able to sit your exams in the resort you train is a huge benefit. Not only will you be more comfortable on the terrain you will be assessed on but you will also save a huge amount of money. By the time you have paid travel, accommodation, food and passes each week out of your home resort can cost around £1000.