Ski Level 1 Course

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Throughout each of the 4 days of the course the Trainer will monitor your participation and performance. They will provide frequent, ongoing information to each student on their strengths, areas for change and how to make these changes. During the course the Trainer and student formulate an ongoing action plan based on the student’s participation. During the course the Trainer is assessing your competence to teach beginners & intermediates as an Instructor in the controlled environments of dry slopes/indoor snow slopes. The written action plan provided by the Trainer at the end of the course aims to give students an agreed (between the Trainer and student) account of what students need to do to improve their own performance and develop as a ski Instructor.

Technical Assessment Criteria

Central Theme

  • Perform all phases of the Central Theme
  • Clearly show definition between each phase of the Central Theme
  • Understand how to achieve effective posture and balance

Piste Short

  • Perform round parallel turns on a blue or easy red piste without traverse
  • Use a variety of corridor widths
  • Show the ability to maintain a constant speed
  • Understand how to achieve effective posture and balance

Piste Long

  • Cleanly carve the last two thirds of the turn on a green or easy blue piste without traverse
  • Understand how to achieve effective posture and balance

Freestyle

  • Ski switch safely on a green run or easy blue, showing parallel skis in the traverse and smooth transitions 
  • Understand how to adjust basic posture, balance and movement as required to achieve desired outcome
  • Ski consistently at safe speeds in beginner freestyle terrain

Teaching Assessment Criteria

Understanding the Central Theme

  • Perform all phases of the Central Theme
  • Clearly show definition between phases of the Central Theme
  • Understand how to achieve effective posture and balance

Understanding Beyond the Central Theme

  • Describe how the Fundamental Elements link to piste performance
  • Develop an awareness of how the Fundamental Elements link to the other Strands

Performance Analysis - The Central Theme

  • Identify and evaluate major faults and provide effective solutions for the learner

Performance Analysis - Beyond The Central Theme

  • Develop a basic understanding of major faults and effective solutions in piste performance

Understanding Learning

  • Develop a basic understanding of the TIED model
  • Show a basic understanding of the Skill Acquisition model
  • Develop an awareness of the different teaching styles
  • Show a basic understanding of goal setting and the relevance to Snowsport Teaching

Delivery

Enjoyment

  • Ensure that the principle of 'maximum class activity' is employed during teaching sessions
  • Sessions should result with a sense of achievement for the learners

Communication

  • Be clear, concise and audible with your Instructors
  • Ensure that your message relates to the goals of your session
  • Show an awareness of how different ways of communicating will affect different types of learner (VAK)
  • Develop an awareness of the importance of listening to others and reacting appropriately

Feedback

  • Deliver feedback in a supportive, positive way
  • Deliver feedback that is directly related to the task
  • Show an understanding of the relevance of intrinsic and extrinsic feedback
  • Develop an awareness of how the TIED model provides a feedback loop

Achieving the Goals

  • Show the ability to build the team
  • Establish appropriate group goals and work towards achieving them

Structure and content

  • Tailor the session to the needs of the individuals in the group
  • Deliver planned sessions that flow from introduction through to conclusion

Reviewing

  • Develop an understanding of reviewing skills

Safety

Principles

  • Show a comprehensive understanding of the Ski-way Code and of the FIS regulation

People

  • Demonstrate safe group management and injury prevention procedure

Equipment/Lifts

  • Show a comprehensive understand of how to keep group members safe in relation to equipment and lifts

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The Child Protection in Sport & Leisure online course is included in your level 1 course fee. This means it can be done in your own time and in the comfort of your own home.

Once we register you with the learning provider (Educare), you will have access to the Child Protection in Sport and Leisure courses as well as access to EduCare’s comprehensive e-learning service for the sports sector containing a broad range of a further 17 online safeguarding and duty of care courses - these are optional.
 

A total of 35 hours minimum of teaching/snowsport school experience is part of the Level 1 Instructor Qualification. These hours need to be completed after attending the Level 1 Instructor Course, any hours completed before attending this course will not be accepted, as we perceive the information you gain from the Level 1 Course will enhance your understanding of BASI philosophies.

Teaching/Snowsport School experience may include any of the following: 

  • Understanding how bookings are taken and how people are selected into different standards 
  • Shadowing experienced Instructors delivering lessons 
  • Hours completed at slopes using Maxxtracks technology, such as Skiplex or Chel-ski**
  • Understanding how customer satisfaction is assessed and how dissatisfied customers are dealt with
  • Understanding how the Customer satisfaction procedures improve Instructor and administrative practices 
  • Taking part in and understanding in house staff training for Instructors 
  • Understanding how Snowsports Schools maintain Safety standards and maintain their currency of good practise 
  • Understanding the Risk Assessment process that Snowsport Schools and Instructors take 
  • Understanding Accident and First Aid procedures including accident reporting 

Students should provide a breakdown in writing of what they have covered during their Snowsport School experience, this should be on headed Snowsport School paper and be signed by the Snowsport School supervisor. 

For a BASI Log Sheet Click Here. Once complete, please upload this to your member's area.

** Due to the nature of these slopes 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.

Members who wish to receive a licence to instruct must provide BASI with a copy of a current first aid certificate.

Please note: It is each member’s responsibility to ensure that they maintain a valid first aid certificate that is suitable for the country and snowsports school or slope where they work but at the very least meets BASI’s requirements.

In order to achieve your first qualification with BASI, a copy of a first aid certificate needs to be provided to BASI.

BASI's requirements for first aid are as follows:

A minimum of 12 hours / 2 days duration

Members must update their first aid by the expiry date on their current first aid certificate and in any event not more than 3 years after their date of attendance on their last first aid course. An updated version of our First Aid Policy can be found here.

This ensures all Members have received current, relevant first aid training enabling a positive and confident approach to any casualty. This solid grounding in first aid compliments their qualifications both on and off the mountain.

This ensures all Members have received current, relevant first aid training enabling a positive and confident approach to any casualty. This solid grounding in first aid compliments their qualifications both on and off the mountain.

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