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BASI Level 4 ISTD Seasonal Training Course

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    BASI Level 4 ISTD Seasonal Training Course

    Gain your BASI Level 4 in one place, in one season.

    The ultimate fast-track course, and the only course of its kind to most of the Level 4 modules. The fastest way to gain your ISTD qualification with unparalled pass rates.

Overview

This is a 14 week training course designed for those looking to gain their Level 4 ISTD qualification and improve their personal performance. It is a residential course comprising top quality training and most of the key modules required to achieve the overall qualification. The ISTD is the highest level of qualification within the BASI system and holds an internationally recognised standard. People who intend to make a career in the ski industry will need to achieve this level as part of their long-term career strategy.

Going from BASI Level 3 to Level 4 is a considerable step up and most of those who choose to go down this route are making a commitment to working in the ski industry as full time ski instructors, for the medium term at least. It is hard work but very rewarding and it requires 100% dedication to succeed at this level and subsequently launch a full-time career in the sport, but with the expert tuition of ICE's experienced team of BASI Trainers, who all train regularly at Level 3 and Level 4, your hard work will be channelled in the correct direction and you stand the best possible chances of success.

There are 8 modules to complete for the BASI Level 4 ISTD and the full list of these can be found in the BASI Pathway . As well as world class training towards the technical and teaching assessment weeks, this course enable you to complete 5 of the modules required to achieve the overall level. When done separately in many different resorts, the cost of attending these modules with travel, accommodation, liftpass and BASI course costs soon mounts up, and this course with ICE enables you to save money in the long term as well as receive the very best in training.

This is the only course of its type offering the package below on a 'course only' or residential basis.


What's included?

  • All training course fees.
  • Level 4 EMS course - training and assessment (Level 4 module)
  • UKCP coaching course 2 (Level 4 module)
  • Eurotest (Level 4 module)
  • Written project (Level 4 module)
  • 4 weeks paid employment (Level 4 module)
  • BASI Level 4 technical* (Level 4 module - optional extra, see note below)
  • BASI Level 4 teaching* (Level 4 module - optional extra, see note below)
  • Accommodation for 10 weeks. (Not included in 'course only' version)
  • Evening meal 5 days a week. (Not included in 'course only' version)
  • Airport Transfers. (Not included in 'course only' version)
  • Lift pass (Not included in 'course only' version)
  • Gym pass
  • And more...
  • Personal Performance Training
  • Exclusively BASI Trainers
  • Biomechanical assesments
  • Hands on boot fitting advice
  • Free ski testing
  • Up to 40% off your equipment
  • Level 4 EMS training course (Level 4 module)
  • Level 4 EMS touring experience (Level 4 module)
  • Level 4 EMS assessment course (Level 4 module)
  • BASI coaching course (Level 4 module)
  • Eurotest (Level 4 module)
  • 4 weeks paid employment (Level 4 module)
  • BASI Level 4 technical* (Level 4 module - optional extra, see note below)
  • BASI Level 4 teaching* (Level 4 module - optional extra, see note below)
  • Race training with Chemmy Alcott and Alain Baxter
  • Training within the Performance threads
  • Avalanche awareness course
  • Freestyle clinics
  • Ski tuning clinics
  • Fitness presentation
  • Freeride clinics
  • Psychological training
  • All training course fees
  • Accommodation for 10 weeks (Not included in 'course only' version)
  • Evening meal 5 days a week (Not included in 'course only' version)
  • Airport Transfers (Not included in 'course only' version)
  • Lift pass (Not included in 'course only' version)
  • French lessons
  • Male and Female mentors
  •  
  • Before the course
  • Pre-course information pack.
  • Telephone support
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  • After the course
  • CV advice
  • Professional references
  • Industry contacts
  • Career advice
  • Discounts on equipment
  • BASI Magazine
  • Further courses with BASI

Below is a timetable of the course for the 14 Weeks you will be with us in Val d'Isère and working in Italy.

Week 1 - BASI Level 4 Module

The course begins with the BASI Coaching course, which is a core module for the Level 4 qualification. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Personal Performance Training with a BASI Trainer
  • BASI coaching course - 5 days
  • Video Analysis
  • Boot-fitting advice
  • Free-ski testing
  • Presentation on bio-mechanics and injury prevention
  • Presentation on Ski Equipment
  • Presentation on Mountain Safety/Avalanche Awareness
  • A tick in the box on your way to the ISTD qualification, assuming you pass this course.

Time spent with your Trainer on the hill: 25hrs
Time spent with your Trainer off the hill: 5 hrs
Time spent in specialist evening presentations: 5hrs
Total training time: 35hrs




Week 2 - BASI Level 4 Module

The BASI EMS Training Course - 4 days. This is a core module for the BASI Level 4 ISTD qualification. 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. For a full equipment and reading list click here, Level 4 European Mountain Security Log Sheet click here, for Log Book Guidelines click here and for the Log Book Policy click here. Here is a summary of what to expect this week

  • Training in Mountain Safety, navigation, avalanche awareness etc
  • Ski touring in the Espace Killy
  • 4 days of training
  • 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
  • The end of week 2 ICE party - a chance to let your hair down after a busy couple of weeks!

Time spent with your Guide on and off the hill: 32hrs
Total training time: 32hrs




Week 3

Race training week. This week you will do some giant slalom race training with former World Cup skiers and Olympians Alain Baxter and Chemmy Alcott. Alain is the most successful skier ever in British history and is a great guy, Chemmy is a force unto herself - world class skier and inspirational character. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to ski with racing royalty and hone your skills at the same time. This is key preparation for your Eurotest. We also say goodbye to the 4 week course at the end of the week so will have an ICE party to send them off in style. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

Time spent with your Trainers on the hill: 15hrs
Total training time: 15hrs




Week 4

Personal performance training. This is a chance to work on your action plan which is ongoing through the course. You will be looking at all areas of the mountain including on piste long and short turns, variable snow (off-piste), bumps, steeps. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Personal Performance Training with a BASI Trainer
  • Continued development towards the Level 4 exams
  • The 4 week course ICE party

Time spent with your Trainers on the hill: 15hrs
Total training time: 15hrs




Week 5

Personal performance training. This is a chance to work on your action plan which is ongoing through the course. You will be looking at all areas of the mountain including on piste long and short turns, variable snow (off-piste), bumps, steeps. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Personal Performance Training with a BASI Trainer
  • Continued development towards the Level 4 exams

Time spent with your Trainers on the hill: 15hrs
Total training time: 15hrs




Week 6 - BASI Level 4 Module

Teaching in Italy. This is the first of the weeks teaching that is organised for you on the course. It is paid employment so you will earn some money. This will count towards the necessary hours required for Level 4. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Teaching skiing in Italy
  • Approx 35hrs logged towards your compulsory hours
  • Paid employment
  • Accommodation and catering in resort

Time spent teaching: 35hrs (approx, may vary depending on employer)
Total teaching time: 35hrs (approx)




Week 7 - BASI Level 4 Module

Teaching in Italy. This is the second of the weeks teaching that is organised for you on the course and follows the same pattern as Week 6. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Teaching skiing in Italy
  • Approx 35hrs logged towards your compulsory hours
  • Paid employment
  • Accommodation and catering in resort

Time spent teaching: 35hrs (approx, may vary depending on employer)
Total teaching time: 35hrs (approx)




Week 8

Personal performance training. This is a chance to work on your action plan which is ongoing through the course. You will be looking at all areas of the mountain including on piste long and short turns, variable snow (off-piste), bumps, steeps. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Personal Performance Training with a BASI Trainer
  • Continued development towards the Level 4 exams

Time spent with your Trainers on the hill: 15hrs
Total training time: 15hrs




Week 9 - BASI Level 4 module

EMS assessment - La Grave. 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. All logged tours must be complete before this course in order for you to be eligible. 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

Time spent with your Trainer on/off the hill: 24hrs
Total training time: 24hrs




Week 10 - Race Training

Further race training specifically in Giant Slalom in preparation for the EuroTest. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • GS Training through gated courses
  • Test race
  • Equipment preparation
  • Mental preparation

Time spent with your Trainer on the hill: 25hrs
Time spent with your Trainer off the hill: 10hrs
Total training time: 35hrs




Week 11 - BASI Level 4 module

EuroTest. This will take place in Morzine and the date you are allocated could be anytime this week. Training is offered on those days of this week that you are still in Val d'Isere. More details on this will be given during the course.

  • 2 runs through a GS course for the EuroTest

Time spent with your Trainers on the hill: TBA
Total training time: TBA




Week 12

Personal performance training. This is a chance to work on your action plan which is ongoing through the course. You will be looking at all areas of the mountain including on piste long and short turns, variable snow (off-piste), bumps, steeps. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Personal Performance Training with a BASI Trainer
  • Continued development towards the Level 4 exams

Time spent with your Trainers on the hill: 15hrs
Total training time: 15hrs




Week 13 - BASI Level 4 Module

Teaching in Italy. This is the third of the weeks teaching that is organised for you on the course and follows the same pattern as the others. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Teaching skiing in Italy
  • Approx 35hrs logged towards your compulsory hours
  • Paid employment
  • Accommodation and catering in resort

Time spent teaching: 35hrs (approx, may vary depending on employer)
Total teaching time: 35hrs (approx)




Week 14 - BASI Level 4 Module

Teaching in Italy. This is the fourth of the weeks teaching that is organised for you on the course and follows the same pattern as the others. Here is a summary of what to expect this week:

  • Teaching skiing in Italy
  • Approx 35hrs logged towards your compulsory hours
  • Paid employment
  • Accommodation and catering in resort

Time spent teaching: 35hrs (approx, may vary depending on employer)
Total teaching time: 35hrs (approx)




The program above follows how the course has run in recent years but should not be viewed as a definitive itinerary which will be communicated to you week to week via the members area of the website. It can be subject to some variation depending on weather conditions and other circumstances, but this will give you a good idea of what to expect.


Further details

Pre-requisites:

Candidates are required to have achieved the BASI Level 3 and must hold a current licence.

As part of the requirements for the BASI Level 4 ISTD qualification you are required to log 200hrs of teaching experience. ICE has very strong industry links with many leading ski schools and can arrange for you to be employed for weeks 6, 7, 13, 14 of the course which will take you a good deal of the way towards logging the full 200hrs. The rest of the 200 hours are achieved through good attendance on the course. Please note that being accepted as part of the ICE employment placement scheme will depend upon being deemed employable by the employers themselves who are third party companies and not obliged to employ anybody they do not feel suitable even if they are attending this course with ICE. Working for third-parties cannot be guaranteed and should there be no work available during any of those weeks, alternative activities will be provided.

If you complete the 4 weeks of teaching and attend all parts of the course you will have accrued the full 200hrs enabling you take the Level 4 technical and teaching module. If you miss any of the teaching weeks you may also need to complete further hours before or after the course to ensure you have completed 200 or more hours.
Please also note that accommodation in Val d'Isere is not provided for during these weeks and if you choose not to work for that period you will not be able to stay in Val d'Isere with ICE. You will be paid directly by the employer for the weeks work, but you will be expected to fund your travel to and from the resort of work and cover any necessary accommodation costs between a week ending in Val d'Isere and work starting in the ski resort you are working in.

The EMS assessment course (3 days) and EuroTest (1 day) take place in different resorts. The course fees and all administration in arranging these modules is included as part of the course, however travel, accommodation and logictics to attend these modules is not and you will need to arrange your own travel and accommodation to these venues.

* Technical and teaching modules

The 5 day technical and 5 day teaching modules for the Level 4 course are not included as part of the 14 week course. However, we arrange them to be available at the end of the season for those who want to do them and who feel ready. This is a significant advantage as it saves travelling to another ski resort to do these parts of the course. Your liftpass can be upgraded to cover the whole season to make this cheaper to attend.

Key dates

BASI Level 4 ISTD Seasonal Training + ISTD modules - Course only
7th Jan - 14th April 2018
£4295 - Spaces available

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BASI Level 4 ISTD Seasonal Training + ISTD modules - Residential
7th Jan - 14th April 2018
£7995 - Spaces available

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