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NZSIA Ski Instructor Qualifications
SnowSkool New Zealand runs its ski instructor course on New Zealand’s south island at Treble Cone resort. Ski instructor trainees will work towards the ski instructor exams of the NZSIA (New Zealand Ski Instructors’ Alliance). ISIA (the International Ski Instructors’ Alliance) recognises the qualifications of the NZSIA - and so the good news is you can work internationally with these qualifications (subject to attaining the Level 2 qualification).
NEW ZEALAND SKI INSTRUCTOR QUALIFICATIONS WITH SNOWSKOOL
New Zealand Ski Instructor - NZSIA Level 1
The first step to working as a ski instructor is to gain your Level 1 ski instructor qualification. This is a four-day course and, in terms of skiing ability, successful candidates will need to demonstrate that they are confident parallel skiers and can use the edges so the skis carve - whilst remaining balanced and controlled on your skis. You must also be able to make short, medium and long radius turns on most terrain.
SnowSkool pass rate: 100%
Available on: All SnowSkool New Zealand Ski Courses
Employment: In Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Japan, UK (snowdomes & dryslopes) and the USA
New Zealand Ski Instructor - NZSIA Level 2
The Level 2 qualification is a pre-requisite to progressing within the industry and teaching higher-level (advanced) skiers. During the eight-day course, you will demonstrate an ability to teach wedge turns and advanced-parallel turns, analyse skiing styles and plan lessons. Skiing-wise, you will have to be an advanced skier able to ski dynamically on and off-piste and perform basic short turns. It is a tough course but SnowSkool has the training to give you every chance of success.
SnowSkool pass rate: 88%
Available on: SnowSkool New Zealand 9 & 10 Weeks
Employment: In most countries (ex. France and Italy)
Case Study: Instructor
Age (on starting SnowSkool): 23 years old
SnowSkool Course: New Zealand 2009
Qualifications: NZSIA Level 1 & 2.
"It’s been an awesome ride since my SnowSkool course. I have now done four seasons in two years – one season for training and three seasons working as a ski instructor. I spent my first season (in at the deep end!) working for a Ski School in Gerlos, Austria before heading back down under to work the southern winter at Thredbo in Australia. And now I have just finished a season at Borovets in Bulgaria. It’ll be back down to Thredbo in July 2011 and then…who knows?!"