Become a Ski Instructor in Zermatt, Switzerland
Looking for a gap year skiing or a career change?
The Autumn Course run from the 5th October until the 28th November 2020, for 8 weeks in total.
Previous participants have all been able to find a ski instructor job, with a 100% employment rate.
Why Here and Why Now?
Because some things are more worthwhile than others. And those things can’t wait. Here and now is when great journeys begin – and this is a unique one.
When we organise training programmes, we do so by thinking about what we could have experienced ourselves when we went through them.
So today we go out and see if we can make the above and beyond happen for others. We put together the best package we can, because we ourselves would only want the best out of such experiences.
If skiing is what you love and mountains is where you want to be, this is where your Ski Instructor Training starts.
The Course is organised and run by Professional Coaches.
This is another advantage we provide; with over 10 years of experience in the sport industry, we are not ski instructors from a ski school; we are professional coaches that have worked together for years and is dedicated to making this program the best it can be.
The overall structure of the training is carefully planned and run by a Sport Coach who is also a Ski Instructors’ Examiner. This way we are able to make the most out of every run, every day and every week of skiing.
Training runs daily from Monday to Friday. We will have 3 hours of skiing in the morning, a lunch break, then another 2 hours in the afternoon.
A mix of personal ski technique development and teaching development will be the core of each day on the hill. You will learn how to improve your carving, short turns, moguls and fresh snow skiing. Plus introduction clinics in Freestyle and Avalanche awareness. In addition, you will refine your teaching abilities, learn how to manage a class of students and work toward improving their skiing.
The weekend is free, allowing free practice on the slopes or a well deserved rest. You can also explore the surroundings; the town or the great outdoors. We are aware training at altitude is tiring, so we schedule enough downtime for everyone to enjoy the experience.
The Training in Details
Ski Training includes:
Ski Technique Training
Teaching and Group Leading Training
Video Analysis on Personal Technique
Video Analysis for Teaching Development
Avalanche Awareness clinics
Introduction to Freestyle
Accredited First Aid Course
In the afternoon and evening we run:
Weekly Dryland Training and Stretching sessions
Seminars on Anatomy and Biomechanics applied to Skiing
Seminars on Teaching Methods, Ski Equipment, Customer Care
We provide a Course Coordinator, whose job is to look after the team and ease your way into the resort. With an in-depth experience in coaching, ski instructing and the Zermatt village, the coordinator will be the ideal support during the season.
The Programme includes the IASI Level 1 and Level 2 exams.
IASI Alpine Level 1, 26th – 31st October
IASI Alpine Level 2, 22nd – 27th November
The Level 1 exam will be held at the end of the first 3 weeks of the ski gap.
This way we will have plenty of time to prepare accordingly for the assessment and maximize the chances of success.
Note: In case of failure the exam can be retaken later on in the programme.
The IASI L1 qualification allows instructors to teach indoor and on dryslopes, so you could potentially start teaching in those facilities.
The Level 2 exam runs in the last week of November, right before the start of the Winter. This allows you to apply to any school in town or in other ski resort. The IASI L2 qualification allows instructors to teach outdoor and unsupervised, making a ski instructor free to work anywhere in the world.
Going through a Course in the pre-season has the benefit of enabling you to connect with the ski industry before the winter begins.
During the ski gap you will have the chance to apply for interviews with ski schools based in Switzerland (Zermatt and other resorts) and across Europe who are looking for new instructors for the upcoming season. Our contacts will also help you finding jobs in designated schools in Canada and Japan!
So far all participants to this course were able to secure a job for the winter, with a 100% employment rate.
To make the most out of the Course we recommend at least 10 weeks of ski experience.
Any kind of previous experience in coaching or teaching will be beneficial towards the teaching part of the exams. We are there to maximise your chances of success and to transfer as much of our knowledge as possible; so don’t panic if this is your first teaching experience!
Being physically able to sustain long skiing days at altitude will make the overall experience easier and more comfortable. Again, our coaches are at your disposal for any tips on fitness training prior to the course!
Course Fee & Discounts
Make sure you book your course in advance, to make the most out of our discounts!
The standard fee is 9360 Swiss Francs (chf)
Bookings made before the end of June 2020 we offer 20% discount from the full fee (saving 1.870 chf).
For bookings made before mid August 2020 we offer 10% discount, which still allows you to save 900 chf from the full fee.
We are looking forward to having you on board for this new exciting adventure.
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