Alpine Level 1 Course

Course price: £435
This is a 5 day course conducted on artificial slopes or in a mountain environment.

The Alpine Level 1 Instructor 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 controlled environment i.e. dry slopes and indoor snow centres.

Successful students will be issued a certification to work in a controlled environment. Level 1 qualified instructors may work in a mountain environment within a recognised ski school under the direct supervision of a BASI L2 qualified instructor (equivalent or higher).

Individuals who do not reach the required level may be required to re-sit the whole course.

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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.

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.

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The Child Protection in Sport & Leisure online courses 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 Tes Develop (Educare), you will have access to Tes'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 include the following:
1.     Mental Wellbeing in Sport and Physical Activity
2. Preventing Bullying in Sport
3. Concussion Awareness
4.     Equality and Diversity in Sport
5.     Safeguarding Adults
6.     An Introduction to Safety in Clubs
7.     Introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation
8.     First Aid Essentials*

You must be logged in to BASI to book the Child Protection in Sport & Leisure module.

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

** 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 the BASI Office 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 level of qualification with BASI, a copy of a first aid certificate needs to be provided to the BASI Office.

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.

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