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Instructor Courses in Europe

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

I've just finished uni and really keen to find an instructor course in Europe for the coming season. Can anyone recommend any good ones?

Thanks!! x x 
post #2 of 7
Welcome, pollyb!

There are a variety of companies offering courses in Europe, including:
Peak Leaders ( http://www.peakleaders.com/ ), 
New Generation ( http://www.skinewgen.com/instructor-courses/index.html ), 
Warren Smith ( http://www.warrensmith-skiacademy.com/ ),
BASI (http://www.basi.org.uk/index.aspx ) and
InterSki ( http://www.interskisnowsportschool.co.uk/ ).
(I'm from the UK so my list tends to be UK organisations)
At least one other business exists, but I won't name it here. They have a policy of spamming internet forums and don't seem to have the best feedback scores from their former pupils.
Edited by Wear The Fox Hat - 9/14/09 at 7:12am
post #3 of 7
Welcome aboard pollyb!

WTFH has listed the best of the major players. I've little experience with most of them, but work at times during the season for Interski. A few of the guys I worked for have been through their nine-week course and been very impressed.

A lot of your decision will probably rest with what you want to do with your qualifications (which, fingers crossed, you will have at the end of the course).

If you'd like to work a bit in Europe and like the idea of climbing the instructor hierarchy, then BASI is probably the way to go - as part of the 'Eurozone' group of countries (nothing to do with the EU), they are much more inter-compatible with the other countries (such as France - arguably one of the most difficult places to work as an instructor).

If you just want the experience, and possibly a bit of temporary work each season for a week or two of paid skiing, then you needn't limit yourself to BASI (as they have a bit of a reputation for providing poor support for their instructors once they have their money, they are also very expensive, and, outside of the package courses it can be a real pain to get all the little courses completed to pass ISIA and ISTD - as the courses are all over the place at different times). BASI really is swings and roundabouts.

So, the other couple of options... Instructor Academy, based in Soldeu in Andorra are a very good provided of CSIA courses. I've done individual courses with them (not their FastTrack course) and have always had top drawer course conductors and examiners (they can persuade the top guys to head over from Canada as it's a nice trip for them too). When I did my CSCF course, we had a World Cup coach who had been hired by BASI to redesign their coach programmes.

If your German is good you could also give the Austrian system a go... I've heard people have a great time doing the courses in Austria. I know of a Dutch company that run an extended programme, but am not sure of any English speaking companies that do...
post #4 of 7
Polly, if you could attend uni again, for example in Germany, going to a sport uni, at the end you'd get all possible licenses 8swimming instructor, ski instructor, IIRC that's the base instructor license, called something like "Flatland ski instructor", but my recollection is shaky...)
Or, if you just want to live in any country and get the ski instructor license, then...
0 contact the organization you choose beforehand and get all "t" croisse and "i" dotted before to begin
1st you need to live in that country and get a residency permit/work permit. Know a bit of the language.
2nd contact the national organization which is in charge of the licenses and courses.
3rd attend and passthe examinations

As an example, the organization in Italy is called FISI (Federazione Italiana Sport Invernali) the subcommittee is called COSCUMA (Commissione Scuole e Maestri di Sci), but then you have to refer to the regional sub-committe of the region where you actually live
(Lombardy, Piedmont, Trentino alto Adige, Veneto etc.) Some regions are "easier", some are "harder", it depends on the "market".
The process to get a Level 1 takes more or less one season, but the selections happen the previous spring (courses then begin with "dry" modules , theory, and then with on snow lessons)
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Wow! Thank you for such detailed responses, you've all given me so much to think about. I'm not yet sure what I want to do with my qualifications, just know that I love to ski and want to help others learn to love it too!!!

With regards to the UK based organisations (I'm from the UK too), do they help you find employment after qualifying or will you just get left to your own devices? The company that's spamming everywhere doesn't sound great :-S any chance of a heads up so I know which one to avoid, or would you just recommend going with the ones listed?

Thank you again for all your help :-) x x x
post #6 of 7
polly, if you stick with one of the ones listed by me or simon you won't go too far wrong.

You can find out some more information about them on www.Natives.co.uk...
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
 Ok I'll do that! Thanks for all the recommendations :-) x x x
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