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This is the entry level course for students who wish to join the BASI Education System.
This qualification is for those wishing to find employment in a non-mountain environment, i.e. Dry Slopes and Indoor Snowslopes. Before applying for an Alpine Level 1 Instructor course, students must:
- Be able to ski parallel confidently, coping with a variety of conditions
- Be able to ski parallel on red runs, making rhythmical short turns at a steady pace
- Be able to ski parallel long turns on a green or easy blue slope with the skis carving the last two thirds of the turn
- It is recommended that applicants have completed at least 16 full weeks of skiing
- Minimum age 16 years old
Students who are unsure whether or not they are at the necessary standard should ask a qualified BASI Member for advice.
Successful students will be issued a certification to work only on dry slopes or indoor snow slopes or in a mountain environment for a BASI Approved Ski School, if working under the direct supervision of a L2 or above qualified member (Direct supervision means within sight and hearing distance). Students will be able to work with novice and early intermediate skiers. Individuals who do not reach the required level may be required to resit all or part of the course.
*35 hrs Snowsport School Experience has to be completed after attending the Alpine Level 1 Instructor Course, any hours completed before attending the course will not be accepted.
Please Note: Your licence will not be valid without a minimum of a BASIC Criminal Record Disclosure, click here or a Valid First Aid & Emergency Certificate, click here. Your licence needs to be Refreshed at least 1 day every 3 years click here
Re-assessments must be taken within 2 years of the date of the course failed, otherwise the candidate will be required to pay for and attend the whole course again.
If a candidate fails both the Teaching and the Technical elements of the course, they must retake the whole 5 day Level 1 course.
If a candidate fails the Teaching or Technical element of the course, they can book onto a 1 day Refresher/L1 Re-assessment course.
If a candidate fails the 1 day Re-assessment course twice, they must complete the whole 5 day Level 1 course again.
If you think you are entitled to an exemption from the above course, please look at the following link: Course exemption procedure
GAP Level 1 Re-assessment
Any student who fails the Teaching or Technical element of their Level 1 during a GAP course must be re-assessed preferably 2 weeks before the start of the Level 2 course. It is up to the student and/or GAP provider to organise a 1 day re-assessment with a Trainer. The student/GAP provider must pay the Trainer directly and also cover any expenses for travel, accommodation, lift pass etc.
No Level 1 re-assessment should take place during the Level 2 course.
Any student who fails both the Technical and the Teaching element of any course is normally advised to retake the ‘whole’ course and this will be noted on their individual Course Report Form submitted by their Trainer. A student who fails only part of the course may be advised to attend a re-assessment.
Please Note: Prices shown for courses at Chillfactore Manchester, Hemel Hempstead, Snowfactor Braehead, include course fee and lift pass only and do not include the cost of accommodation, insurance or travel to/from the venue. Prices shown for courses at other venues are for the course fee only.
If you are a member of staff at the same UK Venue where you wish to attend a BASI course, please do not book online. Ask your employer to email BASI confirmation of employment and we will discount the slope fee from the total cost of the course, if applicable. It is essential that we receive this confirmation before processing your booking as no retrospective slope fee refunds will be available. You will have to contact BASI to provide payment for your course.
If you are booking onto a Level 1 Course, you will be issued with the Alpine/Generic Manual on the first day of your course - please DO NOT buy them.
Scottish Ski Areas: If you live nearby and can attend at short notice when conditions look good, the Scottish ski areas are a tremendous asset, but conditions in Scotland are unpredictable. In the event of extreme weather or lack of snow preventing access to the ski area(s), BASI reserves the right to move any Level 1 course to a local dry slope or another ski area. There will be daily uplift charges at any slope we use, so please do not purchase any lift passes until you meet with your Trainer on the first morning of your course.
BASI accepts no liability for any travel or accommodation costs incurred should a course be cancelled.