Course Price: £505
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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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 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

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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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

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Mountain Safety (Level 3) - 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. 

Students attending a 1 day Mountain Safety re-assessment 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-assessment, please contact one of the deliverers or the BASI Office.

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International Mountain Safety (Level 4) - Re-assessment

Course Price: £145
Members who fail aspects of the Level 4 IMS 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 that members do not let any of their skills fade. If a member is deficient in an area other than the one being re-assessed then they may be asked to return for a further re-sit. 

Members attending a Level 4 IMS Re-assessment 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 IMS course, this is the full Level 4 IMS Assessment course (3 days).
If a member fails the 1 day re-assessment twice, they must attend the Level 4 IMS Training course again and then attend a further 1 day re-sit. If a member fails this re-sit, they will have to re-do the Level 4 IMS Training (4 days) and the Level 4 IMS 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 IMS). For details of the process for arranging a private Level 4 IMS Re-assessment, please contact one of the deliverer or the Product team at BASI.

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