One of the pre-requisites for the Level 3 ISIA Technical and Teaching courses is 200 hrs Teaching Experience. These hours must be completed between successful completion of the Level 2 Instructor qualification and commencement of the Level 3 ISIA Technical or Teaching courses of the Level 3 ISIA qualification. These hours can be completed on a dry slope or indoor snow slope or in a mountain environment. It is recommended that some or all of these hours relate to the Telemark discipline however hours in any discipline will be accepted. A maximum of 50 of these hours can be coaching hours and a maximum of 35 hours can be completed at Skiplex**.

Please Note: The 200 logged, signed teaching hours (shadowing hours will not be accepted) must be on your Snowsport School headed paper or other official document and signed by the Snowsport School Manager or Director to demonstrate proof that you have completed this requirement. 

Students should have completed their teaching hours prior to booking the Level 3 ISIA Teaching or Technical course with the office to ensure they are accepted. 

It is recognised that some people may wish to book onto a course before completing all the hours. In order to accommodate this, BASI will accept a booking on the Level 3 ISIA Teaching or Technical prior to receiving the 200 hours, however it must be stressed that: 

If all the signed teaching hours are not received at the BASI office TWO weeks prior to commencement of the course, then you will not be eligible to attend the course and there will be no refund.

For a BASI Log Sheet Click Here

** Due to the nature of the Skiplex slope the instructor should always be mindful of how their lesson could be given on a dry slope or indoor snow slope where there are more slope users and a change of terrain (angle and underfoot conditions). Clients should be given instruction in accordance with the FIS code, particularly with regards to safety.

This module has been superseded and its content has now been incorporated into the BASI 5 day Coaching course and the Level 3 Mountain Safety course. 

Alpine level 3 Teaching Course

Course Price: £430
This is a 5 day course delivered in a mountain environment. 
By the end of the course you will be better equipped to “Make a difference for Learners”. The course will help you to recognise the needs of learners, their preferred styles of learning, their perceptions and the issues that need to be considered in order to help them improve their performance and reach their goals.

By focusing on the “Learner” throughout the course you will learn to use appropriate “Teaching Strategies”, drawing from a range of teaching tools to help get the most out of the sessions that you deliver.

Before attending this course you must have logged 200 teaching hours. In preparation for the course we recommend that you revise the teaching sections of the BASI manual and are familiar with the content and terminology.

You should also have spent time working on your action plan from the Level 2 course in order to prepare you for success at Level 3. If you are unsure if you are at the right level for this course you should check with a BASI Trainer.

Our aim is to assist you to gain the maximum from the training. Your Trainer will act as your guide and mentor throughout the course. Elements of the course will be challenging and sometimes difficult. Nevertheless, please remember that you have a dedicated team supporting you and your success is our success. 

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Course Price: £430
This is a 5 day course delivered in a mountain environment. 
By the end of the course you will have improved your own performance level and have a greater understanding of the link between the fundamental elements, the strands beyond Central Theme and the performance threads. You will also be better equipped to analyse performance using the components of the fundamental elements as the way to identify strengths and weaknesses in performance of others.

Before attending this course you must have logged 200 teaching hours. You should have spent time working on your action plan from the Level 2 course in order to prepare you for success at Level 3. If you are unsure if you are at the right level for this course you should check with a BASI Trainer.

Our aim is to assist you to gain the maximum from the training. Your Trainer will act as your guide and mentor throughout the course. Elements of the course will be challenging and sometimes difficult. Nevertheless, please remember that you have a dedicated team supporting you and your success is our success. 

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The ISIA minimum standards require a second discipline as part of the Level 3 ISIA Qualification. 

Completion of the Level 1 Instructor course in any of the BASI Disciplines is the minimum standard for this requirement.

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Course Price: £500
This a 6 day course conducted in a mountain environment, starting on a Sunday.
The objective of the course is to train and assess instructors to lead parties off piste within the ski area boundary. Terrain used will be non glaciated with no planned use of the rope, axe or crampons - beyond that is the realm of the ISTD or Mountain Guide.

For full equipment list click here

Practical instruction is given in:

  • Equipment selection for off piste use
  • Choice of route and leadership techniques
  • Use of skins or snowshoes for short uphill sections
  • Off piste technique
  • Group management and emergency procedures
  • Avalanche assessment
  • Use of transceivers and navigation

Theory lectures are given on:

  • Snow and avalanches
  • Navigation
  • Mountain weather
  • Hypothermia
  • Emergencies and responsibilities of a leader

The assessment may be continual through the week however if 2 groups are running together then there may be a swap of trainers for 2 more formal days of assessment at the end of the course. 

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The Second Language test is an oral and aural test designed to assess your ability to communicate in any of the following languages; French, German, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian and Japanese.

The test can be done either over the phone or in person with a member of staff or a trainer. The assessor will be bilingual and/or have a degree in the chosen language to be tested.

If you are on a course and your trainer is one of the nominated language assessors you may do the test if he/she agrees during your course.

The assessment test usually lasts 10 – 15 minutes and there is a charge of £10 per test. Please Note: This amount will be charged regardless of the result.
If phoning the office the payment can be made with credit or debit card just before the arranged time of the test. If face to face with a trainer then you pay him/her direct.

The main topics that will be assessed are based around safety, getting to know your clients and teaching.

Within the safety element of the test (which has the most weighting) you should give as much information as you would expect to give in an emergency situation to the emergency services. 
This should include a minimum of:

  • Where you are on the mountain
  • How many people are involved
  • What you suspect the injuries are and how they were incurred
  • Give your understanding on the scale of gravity
  • You should also be able to explain how and where you would contact the emergency services in the event that mobile phone networks were not available

The test will progress to your ability to relay information to any next of kin or contact persons within the resort. This leads on to getting to know a client, which is gaining information relating to understanding what sort of learner they are and creating a pleasant learning atmosphere with your client whatever their age. People are always ready to talk about themselves and their interests and hobbies so you should be able to ask about these and understand their use for your teaching.

The last part of the test will involve you giving instructions on how to use the fundamental elements to create the manoeuvres within the Central Theme. It will also require you to demonstrate your vocabulary relating to the equipment.

The above are just examples of the type of questions you might be asked.

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Course Price: £430
The BASI coaching Pathway is designed to equip the BASI instructor with an understanding and ability to adapt their education gained through their discipline specific instructors’ pathway to the competition environment.

The five-day coaching course is for the instructor to have the sound knowledge and competences to run competition training autonomously within the remit of the instructor qualification held.

View the equipment list for the 5 day coaching course here

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Alpine Level 3 Performance Training

Course Price: £430
This is an optional, 5 day Training course which we strongly recommend you attend, in preparation for the Alpine Level 3 Technical course. It is delivered in a mountain environment.

As with all of the BASI Level 3 courses we would recommend (not mandatory) that you attend the 5 day Common Theory course first, as this will provide the information required to deal with the elite performance necessary for Level 3 standards.

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ISIA Test

Course Price: £25

Through the process of aligning the BASI qualifications to the SCQF with the University of Edinburgh, it became apparent that the BASI Level 3 meets all the requirements of content,  standard and hours for issuing the ISIA card if the ISIA Technical Test (a Giant Slalom Speed Test, similar to the Eurotest) is completed.
 
The ISIA Card is the highest award in the ISIA scheme, and this could open up better opportunities to BASI Members seeking employment in other countries where the ISIA Card is widely recognised, such as Switzerland.

If the ISIA confirm that BASI can award the ISIA card to holders of a BASI Level 3 ISIA qualification who have also completed the test (ISIA test OR Eurotest), BASI will start to issue ISIA cards for the new membership year 2017/18. ISIA card information.

The ISIA Test, is a Giant Slalom where the base time is set by an opener calculated as having 50 FIS points (± 10%). To pass the exam, male candidates must be no more than 12.5% and female candidates 17.5% off the opener’s reference time.

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