Qualifications & Training.

A broad base of Snow sports training.

Since starting skiing back in the the late 1990's I've trained and gained International qualifications with snowsports organisations across Europe. When not training towards a specific qualification I engage in Continuous Professional Development.

My broad range of training and experience pays dividends when helping my clients change their skiing.

Alpine Development Coach and Tutor.

SnowSport England.

Snow Sport EnglandLevel 4 Alpine Development Coach. I achieved the Alpine Development Coach qualification in May 2006 following 18 months training and assessment. The 'ADC' is the highest qualification in the SnowSport England coaching scheme. Prior to that I completed the SnowSport England Club Instructor and ASSI qualifications.

On attaining the qualification of Alpine Development Coach I became eligible to apply for the International IVSI coaching licence, which was granted shortly after my ADC qualification.

Snowsport England Tutor. In 2017 I was appointed Tutor for Snowsport England and co tutored my first Level 1 training course in April 2017 for aspirant ski instructors.

Snowsport England is the national governing body for English skiers who's coaching scheme covers ski teaching in England. Formally known as the English Ski Council, affiliated to IVSI

IVSI Coach

Internationaler Verband der Schneesportinstruktoren.

IVSIIVSI Coach. IVSI, short for Internationaler Verband der Schneesportinstruktoren is the International Federation of Ski Instructors, representing the interests of the ski Instructors active in associations, federations and institutions on an International level. Snowsport England is affiliated to the IVSI.

Alpine Ski Instructor.

International Ski Instructors Association.

ISIAAlpine Ski Instructor. The ISIA organisation represents the interests of professional ski instructors world wide, with national associations as affiliate members. BASI represents the UK while IASI represents the Republic of Ireland.

I gained the ISIA Alpine Ski Instructor qualification after completing the required modules with training and assessment with IASI and BASI. Modules included training and assessment for ski teaching, technical skiing, and second language. Prior to starting towards the ISIA qualification I gained the BASI Foundation training and Grade 3, Alpine Ski Instructor qualifications.

Some ISIA modules are stand alone qualifications in their own right, and these are noted below:

Mountain Safety.

In November 2010 I travelled to Zermatt and undertook the BASI Mountain Safety / Off piste training and assessment, a further module of the ISIA qualification, and a stand alone qualification in it's own right. The remit for this qualification as taken from the BASI web site is:

"A member who holds the Level 2 Instructor Qualification and the Level 3 Mountain Safety Qualification can lead off pisted descents within the confines of the ski area boundary consistent with the laws of the country they are operating in. This must not include uphill travel or the planned use of axe, crampons, rope or overnight stays. Travel is restricted to non-glacial terrain."

European Mountain Safety. Training.

EMS Training. In January 2016 I completed the training module for the European Mountain Safety qualification in Chamonix with the Irish Association of Ski Instructors and I'm now in the process of logging off piste ski touring days before further training & assessment.

My Summer sports include Climbing and Hill Walking which allows me to continuously develop my mountain, navigation and rope work skills.

UKCP \ UK Snowsports Coach.

UKCP Alpine Coach Level 1 In the Autumn 2013 completed the BASI \ UKCP (UK Coaching Pathway) Alpine Coach Level 1 module (Ski racing). This course is: "Designed for working with children (specifically 5-12 years old) and entry standard competitors. Alpine Coach L1 is able to plan and run training sessions appropriate for developing and challenging their athletes' skills."

IASIIASI (Irish Association of Snowsport Instructors) is the Irish association of snowport instructors who primarily teach on snow, including Europe, the America's and Southern Hemisphere. The IASI is affiliated to both the IVSI and ISIA organisations.

BASIBASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors) is the UK association of 'professional' snowport instructors who primarily teach on snow, including Europe, the America's and Southern Hemisphere.

Accreditation to Instruct in the Valle d'Aosta.

AVMS - Associazione Valdostana Maestri di Sci.

Aosta ValleyI gained the AVMS accreditation to teach in the Valle d'Aosta in January 2008 after passing a set of local exams. These required Instructors to pass a number of exams as dictated by the authorities in the region. The Valle d'Aosta is an autonomous region in the North West of Italy offering stunning skiing, including resorts on the slopes of Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc) and Monte Rosa.

The exams consisted of:

  • "Speed Test" - A timed Giant Slalom race to test technical ability with pass times based on those of FIS calibrated racers.
  • Mountain Safety exam including avalanche, off piste and rescue procedures.
  • Local Language exam.
  • First Aid / CPR exam.

AVMS (Associazione Valdostana Maestri di Sci) is Association for Professional Ski Instructors of the Aosta Valley, situated in Northern Italy.

Snowboard Instructor.

BASI & Snowsport England.

Snowsport England Level 2 and BASI 1 Snowboard Instructor - Attained in 2006 / 2007 following a period of training and assessment in the UK. I teach Snow boarding regularly at my local ski centre in the Midlands.

Disabled Awareness

Snowsport England.

I completed a 2 day Disabled awareness course in October 2009 which focused on helping disabled skiers into skiing.

Outdoor First Aid & CRB Checks.

I hold a current 2 day Outdoor first aid certificate (renewable every three years) and regular CRB checks are required by the organisations noted above.