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.

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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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Course Price: £400
This is a 4 day training course which progresses on from the BASI Mountain Safety course. It trains the student to lead tours out with the ski area boundary and deal with all the hazards which can be encountered while on day tours. Very little time will be spent revising ISIA material, so come prepared. The course can contain long days on the hill with big ascents carrying a rucksack. It may be necessary to be on steep, exposed terrain. A typical ascent may be up to 1000m. 

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Level 4 European Mountain Security Log Sheet Click Here, for Log Book Guidelines Click Here and for the Log Book Policy Click Here

The course will train candidates in the following: 

  • Snow & avalanche hazard management, including multiple burial search techniques 
  • Advanced navigation and map work 
  • Incident management 
  • Route selection including kick turns & setting a skinning track 
  • Rope work for security on steep ground 
  • Mountain awareness i.e. Flora, fauna, glaciology, etc

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Before attending the 3-day assessment courses, students must have completed a minimum of 6 days of quality day-touring where students have been practising the role of leading, decision making and navigation. Map reading, snow profiling, transceiver searching and the use of ropes must already be very competent. This log must be given to the Guide at the commencement of the Level 4 EMS Assessment Course.

Level 4 European Mountain Security Log Sheet Click Here, for Log Book Guidelines Click Here and for the Log Book Policy Click Here

Students will be able to book onto the Assessment course without having completed the logged days, but proof of these logged days must be given to the Guide on the first night at the welcome meeting. If proof of these logged days is not given to the Guide, the student will not be allowed to proceed with this course and no monies paid will be refunded.

Course Price: £350
This course completes the Level 4 European Mountain Security. It is a three day course which may involve one day using uplift and the other two touring away from the ski area. The tours are big days and may contain up to 1000m of ascent carrying a rucksack. There may also be early starts to make use of winter’s limited daylight and stay safe before the sun warms certain slopes. Ratio 1:4 

You will be assessed in all of the techniques learnt on the training course. There will be a written paper on: 

  • Knowledge of safety 
  • Off-piste skiing 
  • Mountain weather and environment 

Should you fail to meet the standard in an area which can be re-sit in 1 day then you will be invited back for the 1 day. 
Failing that, then a re-sit of the whole assessment may be necessary. If a candidate fails 2 EMS assessments then they will be required to redo the training course.

Important Note: Students will be able to book onto the Assessment course without having completed the logged days, but proof of these logged days must be given to the Guide on the first night at the welcome meeting. If proof of these logged days is not given to the Guide or are not to a satisfactory standard, they may be allowed to proceed with the course however a deferral will be issued and an admin fee attached to the submission of their logbook. This fee is currently £75. ​

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Level 3 Mountain Safety Re-assessment

Course Price: £145
Students who fail aspects of the Level 3 Mountain safety course may be advised by the course deliverer that they are required to attend a 1 day re-assessment, where they will be re-assessed in the areas detailed on their course report. 

You will need to be equipped for a full day off piste including Skis with touring bindings, skins, transceiver, probe, shovel, map, compass, snack foods, water, etc.  

NB: If the course report states that the student is required to re-attend the Level 3 Mountain Safety, this is the full course (6 days).
If a student fails the 1 day re-assessment twice, he/she must attend the whole Level 3 Mountain Safety course again and be assessed in all elements of this course.

It may be possible to arrange a private re-sit on a date other than those advertised. These are bookable through the deliverer (this must be one of the current BASI sub contractor team who is eligible to deliver the Level 3 Mountain Safety course). For details of the process for arranging a private Level 3 Mountain Safety re-sit, please contact one of the deliverers or the BASI Office.

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Level 4 EMS Re-assessment

Course Price: £145
Students who fail aspects of the Level 4 EMS Assessment course may be advised by the deliverer that they are required to attend a 1 day re-assessment, where they will be re-assessed in the areas detailed on their course report.

It is important not to let any of your skills fade. If you are deficient in an area other than the one being re-assessed then you may be asked to return for a further re-sit. 

You will need to be equipped for a full day off piste which may include uphill travel.

NB: If the course report states that the student is required to re-attend the Level 4 EMS course, this is the full Level 4 EMS Assessment course (3 days).
If a student fails the 1 day re-assessment twice, he/she must attend the Level 4 EMS Training course again and he/she can then attend a further 1 day re-sit. If he/she fails this re-sit, he/she will have to re-do the Level 4 EMS Training (4 days) and the Level 4 EMS Assessment (3 days) again.

It may be possible to arrange a private re-sit on a date other than the ones advertised. These are bookable through the deliverer (this must be one of the current BASI sub contractor team who is eligible to deliver the Level 4 EMS). For details of the process for arranging a private Level 4 EMS Re-assessment, please contact one of the deliverers of the BASI Office.

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