Course Price: £529
This is a 5 day training and assessment course conducted in a mountain environment, with a one day online pre-requisite. 
The objective of the course is to train and assess instructors to lead parties off piste within the ski area boundary - beyond that is the realm of the ISTD or Mountain Guide. Terrain used will be non glaciated with no planned use of the rope, axe or crampons. 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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This is a training course, not an assessment course. Click here for information regarding the IMS Assessment course.

Professionalism Assessment Criteria

As a BASI member, BASI expects you to demonstrate a high level of professionalism throughout the course including:

Safety

  • Adhere to the Ski-Way Code and all of the FIS regulations

Preparation

  • Complete the pre-course online learning via BASI Study and attend the course with appropriate clothing and equipment

Communication

  • Demonstrate respectful and inclusive communication and behavior to others including Trainer, other members and those out with the course

Attitude

  • Show a positive attitude and a willingness to learn

Feedback

  • Be open to change and feedback from both the Trainer and peers

Punctuality

  • Turn up on time for all meeting points

If the student is significantly late, the trainer will give a formal warning after the second occasion. If the student is late again with no excuse, this time keeping is deemed unacceptable by BASI and may result in the student failing the course.

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Before attending the 3 day assessment course, 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 logbook must be given to the Guide on the first day of the Level 4 IMS Assessment Course.

Level 4 International Mountain Safety Log Sheet Click Here, for Log Book Guidelines Click Here and for the Log Book Policy Click Here

Important Note: 
Members will be able to book onto the assessment course without having completed the 6 logged days touring, but proof of the 6 logged days touring must be given to the Guide on the first day of the course. 
If proof of the 6 logged days touring is not given to the Guide, 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 £200. 
If the 6 logged days touring 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 £100.

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The student will need to show the ability to;

Avalanche Awareness

  • Identify different types of avalanches
  • Describe the weather conditions/terrain factors which contribute to these different avalanches
  • Identify the different layers within the snow pack
  • Identify the weakest bond within or below the snow pack

 Avalanche/Transceiver Search

  • Locate a transceiver, buried down the slope, starting out of range of the signal, within 4 minutes.
  • Locate 2 transceivers, buried down the slope, starting out of range of the signal.
  • Organise a search for avalanche victims, create an ‘Incident Report’

 Leading a Group Off Piste

  • Select a safe route
  • Identify the best line
  • Communicate to the group the approach to be taken
  • Control the group

Basic Navigation

  • Use a 1:25,000 or 1:50,000 map to identify your current location
  • Identify using the map, natural and man made features currently visible
  • Take a bearing from the map
  • Measure distances on the map
  • Use a back bearing to help locate the groups current position

Navigation for poor visibility

  • Use an altimeter
  • Calculate an estimated time to travel from A to B
  • Use aspect of slope / feature orientation

Personal Performance Off Piste

  • Ski in a variety of conditions (powder, heavy snow & ice)
  • Control speed and line in all conditions
  • Demonstrate a high degree of ski/board performance
  • Maintain effective posture and balance throughout

Personal Fitness

  • Ski in a variety of off piste conditions for a full day
  • Have enough reserves to go uphill in deep snow to attend to the needs of a client or to retreat

Mountain Awareness

  • Have a basic knowledge of the Alpine environment that you operate in
  • Be observant and incorporate that information usefully

Skinning/Snow shoeing and track setting

  • Set a track uphill that is efficient and safe
  • Teach how to put skins on and take them off
  • Teach how to skin and do kick turns

Professionalism Assessment Criteria

As a BASI member, BASI expects you to demonstrate a high level of professionalism throughout the course including:

Safety

  • Adhere to the Ski-Way Code and all of the FIS regulations

Preparation

  • Complete the pre-course online learning via BASI Study and attend the course with appropriate clothing and equipment

Communication

  • Demonstrate respectful and inclusive communication and behavior to others including Trainer, other members and those out with the course

Attitude

  • Show a positive attitude and a willingness to learn

Feedback

  • Be open to change and feedback from both the Trainer and peers

Punctuality

  • Turn up on time for all meeting points

If the student is significantly late, the trainer will give a formal warning after the second occasion. If the student is late again with no excuse, this time keeping is deemed unacceptable by BASI and may result in the student failing the course.

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Mountain Safety (Level 3) - Re-assessment

Course Price: £229

Students who fail any aspects of the Level 3 Mountain safety course will be advised by the course deliverer to attend a re-assessment, where they will be re-assessed in the areas detailed on their course report.  

The re-assessment is the last 2 days of a Mountain Safety Level 3. This is bookable through the website for select course venues. Re-assessment places are restricted to one place per group. 

If a student fails the re-assessment twice, they must attend the whole Level 3 Mountain Safety course again and be assessed in all elements of the course. 

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