BASI is the British governing body, and offers qualifications in five different disciplines, being Alpine, Snowboard, Telemark, Adaptive and Nordic. The basic BASI qualifications for each discipline are awarded at level one and level two, with advanced qualifications at levels three and four also available for experienced instructors.
BASI Level One
Successful qualification at level one in any of the five disciplines requires understanding of the following points:
• The FIS rules of conduct. The FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) lists ten basic rules and guidelines which all skiers and snowboarders should follow. The full FIS rules of conduct are listed here, and cover subjects such as etiquette on the piste, respect for others, and skiing or snowboarding safely.
• Understanding of the Central Theme and Beyond
• The principles of teaching skiing
• The structure of Snowsport and teaching in the UK
• The roles of Snowsport agencies and organisations in the UK
• The marketing and promotion of Snowsport agencies and organisations in the UK
• Dealing with accidents and emergencies
Five day course at a ski centre
You will also need to take a five day course at a ski centre in one of the five disciplines. For Alpine, Snowboarding and Telemark, the level one qualification trains and assesses the potential instructor in skiing (or board riding) safely, how to plan and conduct a lesson and evaluate your students, participation in an accident or emergency activity, and your knowledge and understanding of how to improve your personal skiing or snowboarding and instructing performance.
The Adaptive level one qualification involves all of the above elements, as well as an understanding and knowledge of disabilities, and how they impact the potential student. It’s important to note that the level one Adaptive qualification does not cover working with learning disabilities or the use of a bi- ski.
The Nordic level one qualification is broken down into two elements, being technical and teaching, alongside of the standard elements at level one as mentioned for Alpine, Snowboarding and Telemark.
Other BASI level 1 criteria
In order to receive your qualification and certificate of competency at level one, you must also complete a Safeguarding Children module and a two day first aid course, as well as documenting 35 hours of Snowsport school experience. In order to be licensed to teach, you must also have an up to date criminal record disclosure and be registered with BASI.
In the UK, holders of the level one qualification are restricted to teaching on artificial slopes only, but in the majority of other countries, the level one qualification allows you to teach mountainside also.