On this course, successful students will attain a BASI level 2 snowboard qualification, opening up the opportunity to work as an instructor in many different countries.
The 8 week course starts with focusing on the BASI level 1 exam within the first 2 weeks – once this is passed, it’s onto the level 2, with the exam taking place during weeks 7 and 8.
You’ll receive comprehensive training on teaching methods, your personal performance and all the other elements required to pass the BASI exams, such as basic avalanche training, snowboard tuning & first aid.
The course takes place in Tignes and accommodation is based in a 3 star Mark Warner chalet hotel (6 weeks) and with the Tignes Chalet Company (final 2 weeks).
This 8 week snowboard instructor training program will run at the same time and in the same location as the current alpine ski course that has run successfully for the last ten years. The benefits of this are that everything is already in place to secure you the best possible course and the best possible chance of success at achieving your qualifications in time to source a snowboard instructor job for that season.
SnoworksGAP has secured one of the best BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors) snowboard trainers and the only female snowboard trainer for this new program.
To apply you should have the following ‘minimum’ riding skills:
Riders should have a minimum of ten weeks experience on a mountain. The rider should be able to link flowing turns (toes and heels) whilst controlling their speed on all pistes. The rider should also have the ability to link basic turns in switch stance on green pistes.
PRICE FOR THE 8 WEEK COURSE IS £7,750.00
**Please contact us if you already have BASI level 1 Snowboard, as we can create a shorter bespoke course to suit your needs.
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A £1000 non-refundable deposit will be required to secure your place.
The first week of your incredible eight week snowboard course is all about building the team, getting in some great riding, learning the fundamentals of how to teach it and break down your riding skills to better understand how to improve your own and others riding skills.
This week is the first of your two Snowboard instructor assessments, this course is continual training and assessment therefore you are not expected to be at the level required on day 1. BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors) will provide SnoworksGAP with an expert trainer (different to the one taking your GAP course). This five day course will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to understand, develop and progress onto your training phase and preparation for the level 2.
Any students that are unfortunately unsuccessful at BASI level 1 will be given further training on week three, and then presented for re-assessment on the Friday in order to be able to continue the remainder of the programme towards and including the level 2 examination. (If this situation were to arise, it will not prevent your chances at full course completion).
So you’re now a BASI level 1 snowboard instructor, you will now have a much greater understanding of your own riding and how to teach and improve others. This third week we start to look at your higher performance riding, get started on flatland and park skills and continue to embed the knowledge of the Central Theme.
Similar to week three we get right into improving your riding skills using the fundamental elements and exploring all of the strands including carving, variable/off piste, park and switch riding. Twin that with the off snow study sessions and fitness and you should be looking and feeling confident on your board en-route to the level 2.
On weeks five and six you need to gain your valuable shadowing and ski school experience hours that are required as an integral part of the gap between BASI 1 and 2. To enable this we have our good friends at ‘Fresh Snowboarding’ running performance clinics that you can shadow and gain a valuable insite into the teaching tools, skills drills and methods to improve riders. You will also be set several mini mock lessons to deliver to your peers, this is as important if not more so than your performance riding, as when successful at BASI level 2 you are able to gain employment as a paid instructor. These two weeks will help you with a much greater understanding of the teaching styles, learner and delivery styles used in the BASI system to assist you in your success at level 2 and in the workplace.
The final two weeks of your GAP course will be the level 2 assessment, again like the level 1 this is a continual training and assessment course. You will gain additional training, further knowledge and the experience and skill of a BASI trainer to guide you to the best chance of success at this level. If successful this can allow you to source part, or possible full time paid employment as a snowboard instructor that season!
Students that are unfortunately unsuccessful at BASI level 2 will have to take further training following their action plan and then take a re-assessment at their own cost at a later date. Continued support and advice will be given towards the best way to move forward
I went on the Snoworks Gap course in 2016 just after I finished my A levels and it was an amazing experience. The Snoworks Gap course is unique because the pre-season training means that you are qualified with BASI Level 1 and 2 before christmas giving you the whole season to work as a ski instru... Issy Warren BASI 1 & 2 2016 (Read More...)
Snoworks Gap is an amazing course to do. All the instructors are amazing skiers and teachers, who have such a passion for what they do, that they really help get you through the exams. You are taught to do more than just ski, you learn how to teach effectively and also how to service your skis. D... Eleanor Whittaker BASI 1 & 2 2016 (Read More...)