Ski Gap Courses: From Racer to Instructor, fast-track to instructing in France!
Experience ski racers can get straight to where the real instructing action (and money) is – in France. Find out how!
If ski racing is your no.1 passion, but those few weeks away in the white stuff every year isn’t leaving you satisfied, maybe it’s time you considered turning your racing skills into a profession and take up a life in skiing as an instructor… and for racers there’s now an even faster-track!
Being a skillful slalom technician gives you a head start over the thousands of skiers training to become instructors that are coming from a purely recreational background. Whilst they may have a greater empathy for the needs of the recreational skier themselves – your strength, knowledge and experience as a ski racer means your technical, free and gate skiing abilities are far more developed, only leaving you to focus on your skiing knowledge, teaching and demonstration skills.
With hundreds of British skiers fast-tracking themselves to instructor via the numerous ski gap courses available, the competition for jobs intensifies with newly qualified BASI Level 2 instructors clambering for jobs in countries including Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Canada and the USA… when experienced ski racers can springboard themselves straight into where the real instructing action (and money) is to be found: in France.
With a BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors) Level 2 and TEST TECHNIQUE qualification, teaching skiing in the illustrious country of France is a prospect much nearer for those who can negotiate a slalom course. Four-time Olympian and Snoworks Director, Emma Carrick-Anderson along with Ex-National team and Snoworks coach, Mike Barker, have created a GAP course with a Test Technique option, because they know themselves there’s an even faster-track for ski racers like you.
The French ski instruction qualification system devised the ‘Test Technique’ slalom and ‘Eurotest’ giant slalom races as part of their curriculum to test skiers skills in the gates for ISIA (International Ski Instructors Association) and ISTD (International Ski Teacher Diploma) qualifications respectively. Bad news for aspiring instructors from a recreational background, but great news for racers!
To achieve these high standards and work in France your clock times must be within 22% for females and 18% for males of the course openers – either Europa or World Cup standard – and that’s why learning with Emma and her Team is also such a great advantage.