Warren Smith Ski Academy 9 week instructor training course

9 Week Instructor Training Verbier – IASI L1 & L2 Ski Instructor Course and UK L1 Freestyle Performance Coach

  • Gap year Ski Instructor Training
  • Verbier, Switzerland
  • 07/01/2017

£7,999.00 pp


Please contact us to book: theteam@warrensmith-skiacademy.com

  • About the Course

    The Verbier, Switzerland Gap Year Instructor Course runs from the 8th of January to the 11th of March 2017.

    The Academy is famous for its level of experience at training ski instructors and performance skiing athletes. Over the past 10 years, more than 500 ski instructors have benefited from coaching at the Academy. The Ski Instructor course consists of nine weeks residence in the prestigious resort of Verbier, Switzerland. The course includes both the Level 1 and Level 2 IASI ski instructor exams and also the L1 Freestyle Coaching award. On successful completion, students are qualified as Level 2 ski instructors and a L1 Freestyle Performance Coaches. The course is designed to develop the following aspects of the students skiing skills:

    • Personal Development for Performance Carving, Moguls, Steeps, Freeride, Powder and Freestyle with the Warren Smith Ski Academy Team
    • Preparation for Level 1 Ski Instructor Course
    • Understanding and effective use of the Core Skier Development Stages (the teaching fundamentals to take a skier from complete beginner to Parallel skier)
    • Level 1 Instructor Course – 6 Days
    • Emergency First Aid Course – 2 Days
    • Avalanche and Mountain Awareness Training
    • Ski Servicing and Maintenance Training
    • Sport Psychology and Science
    • Ski Biomechanics and its importance with Ski Instruction
    • Professional Video Filming and Analysis
    • Core and Ski Specific Physical Training
    • Level 1 Freestyle Coaching award – 3 Days
    • Level 2 Ski Instructor Course – 6 Days

    Course Fees: £7,999 (With Half Board Accommodation)

  • About the Qualification

    The level 2 qualification for the course is with IASI (Irish Association of Ski Instruction) and regarded very highly internationally.

    The Level 2 qualification will enable you to work in most ski schools in Europe, Canada, America and most of the world. All ski schools in Verbier accept the Level 2 qualification for full or part time employment opportunities.

    To obtain the level 2 qualification as part of the Instructor training program you will complete a 6 day Level 1 Ski Instructor Course and a 6 day Level 2 Ski Instructor Course (week 9).

    The Level 1 Freestyle coaching qualification is the first step on the coaching ladder. It is also a module that can count toward your L3 ski instructor qualification should you choose to pursue further ski qualifications after the course.

  • Typical Week

    During the course of a typical week, you will participate in several daily activities from aspects of athletic skiing to video analysis and learning progressions of teaching.

    On Snow

    Coaching will run from Sunday to Friday each week; starting at 10am and finishing at 3pm. Meeting place for the coaching sessions will be at Ruinettes lift station in the Verbier ski area. After two or three warm up runs we will work through a dynamic warm up routine that will last for about 5 minutes developing flexibility in your muscles. During the day coaching will develop your personal skiing level and focus on Carving, Steeps, Moguls, Freeskiing, Freestyle and All Terrain skiing. Skiers will normally work in small groups relevant to your skiing level and ability.

    The coaching will pick up and identify your weaker turning direction. Nearly all skiers have a weaker turn direction, and with the Academy Biomechanics Assessment this will be identified, worked on and corrected. It is also treated as an educational insight into teaching your first clients and how to look for weaknesses and check out Left/Right side body differences.

    Lunch will be around 12.30 to 1.00pm each day. After lunch, coaching will be developed further and drills that were worked on in the morning will be put into practice on specific terrain. Coaching will finish at 3pm. At this time you can free ski, head down and rest. Lifts in Verbier are open from 8.45am to 4.45pm so there is ample time to ski for yourself.

    2 days a week, video analysis will take place during the days skiing. This footage will be analysed later that evening at the chalet. A full analysis will take place on your skiing and any biomechanical issues you have with your skiing will be visually explained with a specific process of how you will change and modify your skiing.

    Off Snow

    There is much for you to do after skiing. The first thing will be to run yourself through a warm down and stretch routine with the same stretching elements as the warm up routine in the morning.

    After that, you should (strongly recommended) make notes from the days skiing on the personal feedback you received and teaching progressions worked on. After you have completed this, you are free to do what you please and in Verbier there is no shortage of activity to keep you occupied.

  • Teaching Content

    • Instructor specific course content

      Included in the Cost of the GAP Year Ski Instructor Course

      • 6 weeks Personal Ski Development and Performance Coaching with the Warren Smith Ski Academy Team
      • Preparation for Level 1 Instructor Course
      • IASI Level 1 Instructor Course – 6 Days
      • Emergency First Aid Course – 2 Days
      • Avalanche and Mountain Safety Training
      • L1 Freestyle Coaching Course
      • Sport Psychology and Sports Science
      • Ski Biomechanics and its importance with Ski Instruction
      • Professional Video Filming and Analysis
      • Core Strength Building and Ski Specific Physical Training
      • IASI Level 2 Instructor Training Course – 6 Days
      • 1/2 Board Accommodation for 9 weeks in Verbier
      • Full Season Lift Pass (Nov to April) for Verbier and the 4 Vallees Resorts
      • Manuals & Course Material
      • Biomechanical Assessment on Skier Symmetry and Alignment
      • Video Analysis at least 2 times a week
      • Ski Servicing and Maintenance Training
  • Available Group Levels

    • Levels 1-6 (Basic Intermediate-Athlete)

      Skiers ability levels range from basic intermediate skiers wishing to get off the typical intermediate plateau (Level 1) to skiers taking their instructors exams and performance training for competition (alpine racing, freeride or freestyle)(L6).

      On the first day of the course we have a ski-off where we split the whole group into smaller individual groups based on their ski ability and confidence. To easily identify the levels of skiers, and roughly assess which level you currently are, please click here.

  • Accomodation Information

    The Academy have teamed up with The Tai Pan chalet, an independently owned and run chalet just off the Le Rouge ski slope (ski-in/ski-out).

    About the Tai Pan:

    The Tai Pan is a homely five bedroom chalet ideally located beside Le Rouge piste for easy ski in ski out access. Split over two floors with two kitchens, two bathrooms and a bunker where ski equipment can be stored. Fast Wi-Fi + UK TV channels available.

    A short walk away from the free bus shuttle from which all areas of Verbier can easily be accessed.

    Great food, a great location and a fantastic host make the Tai Pan the perfect partner for our instructor courses.

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  • Pricing Information

    Course Fees: £7,999 (With Half Board Accommodation) (course fees are exempt from VAT)

    Price includes all the bullets in the above content section. Once in resort you’ll have to pay an additional 100CHF resort tax.

    Recommendation

    We run a pre-course technical training week before the course at cost for anyone on the 9-week gap (£300). If you’ve not skied in a while or would simply like an extra week to get your legs ready for the intensity of the 9 weeks we highly advise booking on this. If you wish to have further information on this course please drop us an email (theteam@warrensmith-skiacademy.com) or discuss with Rob during the phone interview/conversation.

    A Strong recommendation from the Academy team would be to stay until the end of the season if you can. Your ski pass is valid until the end of the season and many of the students from last year decided to finish the ski season either working in ski schools or free skiing. Other students had booked flights back at the end of the course, and had said to us they would have preferred to stay, therefore we would strongly suggest this.


    Payment

    Payment for the deposit (£1000) will be made upon booking. The remaining balance (£6999) can then be paid off in 2 instalments of £3500 on or before the 15th July 2016 and £3499 on or before 30th October 2016. Alternatively if you’d like to pay the total balance in one instalment this is an option when booking.  You will be contacted for each instalment.  For any payment queries please use our contact form.

  • Booking Information

    All applicants will need to go through a telephone interview with Rob Stanford before receiving a placement on the course. The aim of the interview is for Rob to assess your skiing standard, experience and general attitude towards the course. Contact Rob to arrange a convenient telephone interview time on +41795304549.

     

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