L3/L4 Instructor Training Verbier (ISIA & ISTD)

  • Instructor Training
  • Verbier, Switzerland
  • 07/12/2019

£1,999.00 pp

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  • About the Course

    Over the past 19 years Warren Smith has been training athletes and ski instructors to achieve the required level to perform in competition and pass ski instructor qualifications in a variety of difference ski systems.

    Over the past 15 years the volume of skiers attending the Warren Smith Ski Academy specifically to train for ski instructor Level 3 (ISIA) and Level 4 (ISTD) technical exams has increased significantly. For this reason and due to requests, the Academy now run a specific Level 3 and Level 4 training program in Verbier. The program is now in it’s 7th year and has excellent results not only in developing instructors and passing exams but also in helping expert skiers take their skiing to new levels.

    The program is designed for a range of people including those out for the whole season, University Degree students, skiers that still have work commitments not allowing them to be based in Verbier for a continuous period of time, those taking career breaks or sabbaticals or anyone retiring who’s always had a passion and skill for skiing but never been able to dedicate a season’s training to it. The program offers skiers training for their Level 3 or 4 exams a much bigger time window with several weeks running from the start of the season in December until nearing the end of the season in March/April. During this flexible time window,  trainees will be able to book individual weeks to suit their schedule. A minimum of 6 weeks during this period is required.

    The Level 3/4 programme compared with Level 2 course is a huge step up and a specifically developed program is made looking at your technical skiing with the mentality of performance and athletic skiing. The preparation for the teaching module of Level 3/4 is developed between how you are coached by the Academy pro team and also shadowing the Academy pro team coaching other high end recreational skiers including the gap course. Off Piste Mountain Safety training will be covered over specific days of your course taking into account weather and snow conditions. Here’s an overview of the content.

    Technical Skiing
    In preparation for the Level 3 ISIA or Level 4 technical course, participants will cover:
    Piste Performance, Powder, Variables, Steep Terrain, Moguls and Freestyle.

    Teacher Training
    Those wishing to improve their teaching skills will be able to be observe and develop their own teaching skills whilst shadowing high end academy courses such as the gap course, Supergroup course and 5 day academies. These weeks will be available in addition to the 5 weeks more technically focussed training during the course itself for those who want it.

    Off-Piste Mountain Safety Training
    The Off Piste Mountain Safety course is an excellent element of the Level 3 that allows you when you complete the Level 3 to teach skiers in off-piste environments (marked and open itineraries). For this exam you’ll need to learn about avalanche awareness, how to effectively use rescue equipment and deal with a rescue scenario, map reading, touring and competent skiing off piste. Continuous training and awareness building will be undertaken during the course whenever appropriate and weather conditions suit.

    Dates & Costs
    Period – December – April
    Level 3/4 – 6 week fast track flexible course – £1,999 (minimum 6 week cost, additional weeks – £330)

    There are set weeks allocated to specific L3/L4 only training. For any weeks outside these you wish to do or for any extra weeks you want to add please contact the team: theteam@warrensmith-skiacdemy.com

    Set dates for 2019/20 (please choose 6 out of the 7 below and confirm via email):

    Dec 8th, Dec 15th, Jan 5th (Moguls), Jan 26th, Feb 23rd, Mar 1st and Mar 15th. Later dates can be put on if requested.

    (For dates later in the season, as long as minimum numbers are met we’re happy to run these weeks. As it depends a bit on exam dates/times we don’t fix these until we know the exam timetables).

    Please note that lift pass, travel, accommodation, food and insurance are not included.

    Meet the trainers

    We rotate the trainers during the course to ensure you get a mixture of different styles of instruction and coaching and experience a mix of skiing styles too. Our programme isn’t organisation specific and will suit people training for a multitude of systems be it IASI, BASI, CSIA, Swiss or someone else! We firmly believe in developing good rounded skiers that are skilful across the board in all types of skiing and have excellent fundamentals that allow for freedom and flare to skilfully ski anywhere and anything! Jordan Revah and Michael Edwards will be the lead trainers.  They have huge wealth and depth of knowledge with a  background in BASI, IASI and the swiss system. They have different teaching and skiing styles that complement each other beautifully and help trainees get the most from each and develop as super skilful, playful, rounded skiers. Other trainers will likely include Fiona Revah (current competing Freeride athlete), Rob Stanford (IASI trainer), Rob Machon (ex-GB freestyle athlete) and Jamie Heywood (bumps expert) to name just a few.

    Work Opportunities
    Please get in touch if you’re interested in the possibility of work outside of training weeks. This is definitely possible and will be considered on a case by case basis.

    Future Opportunities
    The reputation of the Warren Smith Ski Academy is highly regarded across the world. The Academy Pro Team is not that of a typical ski school. We have always prided ourselves on keeping our method very specific and not diluted through volume. The Warren Smith Ski Academy receives several hundred  job applications each year from many L3 and L4 instructors looking to work for the Academy. For this reason the Academy Pro Team is a highly sought after position in the world of ski teaching.

    Six of our current Academy Pro Team have worked their way through our GAP Level 1 and Level 2 Ski Instructor program and also our Level 3 training program and are now current Warren Smith Ski Academy Pro Team Members working internationally with Swiss employment contracts, sponsorship from Planks and various other privileges via the position.

    Our Level 3/4 program is not only the highest form of technical training but also an in road to possible employment with the Warren Smith Ski Academy in the future. We are one of the only ski instruction companies in the world that operate internationally in Switzerland, Italy, Japan and Canada and can boast a 10 month a year coaching program. We look forward to meeting future employees of the Academy Pro Team on this years Verbier course!

  • About the Qualification

    This is purely a training course aimed for people looking to work toward and possibly sit their L3 exams (be it BASI, IASI, CASI or NZIA or any other system). The course is focussed heavily on the technical exam but also works on teaching elements and mountain safety skills.

  • 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 aim to run from Sunday to Friday each week; starting at 10am and finishing at 3pm. Meeting place for the coaching sessions will be at the Ruinettes lift station. 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 and range in your muscles. During the day coaching will develop your personal skiing level and focus on Carving, Steeps, Moguls, Freeskiing 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 or head down and rest. Lifts in Verbier are open from 8.45am to 4.45pm so there is ample time to ski for yourself.

    A few days a week video analysis will take place during the days skiing. This footage will be analysed either on the hill or later that day depending on what’s most beneficial. 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

    • L3/ISIA Training content

      This is purely a training course aimed for people looking to work toward and possibly sit their L3 exams (be it BASI, IASI, CASI or NZIA or any other system). The course is focussed heavily on the technical exam but also works on teaching elements and mountain safety skills.

      All technical aspects of skiing will be covered including Piste performance, variables, freestyle, steeps, powder, moguls and fundamental aspects of skiing.

  • Available Group Levels

    • Levels 4-6 (Advanced-Athlete)

      Due to the nature of the course, we only admit skiers at or above Level 4 on to the course. The technical skills required to train and develop safely in an off-piste environment are much higher and hence the reason you have to be level 4 (advanced) before booking onto the course. To easily identify the levels of skiers and roughly assess which you level you are currently at please click here.

      Terrain including: steeps, powder, moguls, variables, trees, couloirs, corridors and of course piste will be skied during the course.

      Skiers wishing to do the course will have good on piste skills and be able to get down most off-piste terrain with technical refinement needed to improve along with confidence building and tactical line choices still needing help. You may not have skied much powder but will be willing and open to going for it.

      As the course takes place in harder skiing environments and at a slightly faster pace, please ensure you turn up as fit as can be (both muscular and cardiovascular) and also confident enough to have your skiing pushed and challenged in these environments.

  • Pricing Information

    6 weeks flexible training (to be taken in full week blocks wherever possible): £1999

    Additional weeks: £330

    (course fees are exempt from VAT)

  • 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 on +447747 809545 to arrange a convenient telephone interview time.


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