Zermatt Ski Gap/Career Break – Become a Ski Instructor
There are some experiences that count more than others, because they give you the chance to learn, put yourself in discussion and explore new horizons. Ultimately, those experiences make memories that will stay with you and will become part of who you are.
If you have never lived in the mountains for a full winter then here is an opportunity for a great experience. An opportunity to do something new, something different and learn along the way. Learn about the mountains, the skiing, the teaching. Getting in touch with new people, making friends from across the world. Creating adventures.
In two months you will have the chance to go through all of this, guided by expert ski coaches, working alongside experienced instructors and living in the heart of the Swiss mountains.
Interships are included, through our ski schools partners, based in Zermatt.
Our course is the only one in resort giving you the IASI licence: the only english speaking association recognized by the EU.
The Level 1 exam takes place before February Half Term, allowing everyone to attened the internship with our partner ski schools or to have some downtime and enjoy the holidays with family and friends.
Shadowing is also possible during some training weeks, by joining the ISIA Training or the Level 4 Training sessions. Providing a unique chance to learn teaching styles from a different environments and creating precious experiences skiing with instructors from higher levels.
The Gap programme includes the IASI Level 1 and Level 2 exams.
IASI Alpine Level 1
The Level 1 exam runs at the end of the first few weeks of training, before February Half Term week.
This way we have plenty of time to prepare accordingly for the assessment and maximize the chances of success.
Note: In case of failure the exam can be retaken later on during the program.
The IASI L1 qualification allows instructors to teach in protected environments, so you wish you can already start teaching!
IASI Alpine Level 2
The Level 2 exam runs at the beginning of February, right before the Half Term holiday weeks. The IASI L2 qualification allows instructors to teach outdoor and unsupervised. Making you a ski instructor free to work in the majority of countries in the world. This allows you to apply to schools in town or in other resorts.
IASI Coaching Theory Module (Level 3)
We are able to offer the IASI Coaching Theory module!
This is part of the 7 modules required for the Level 3 qualification. As these coaching courses run only twice a year this is a great opportunity for participants to start ticking boxes towards the next level up, as well as saving money. We are the only training course able to provide this!
IASI is recognized by all European countries and the majority of ski schools in the world, thanks to a great work of mutual recognition the association has put up through the years. It will allow you to apply to any ski school you will want to work for!
The Work Opportunities after your Zermatt Ski Gap
February Half Term weeks in the Alps are the busiest part of the season, with hotels and chalets filling up after the quiet weeks of January.
Being Level 2 qualified will allow you to make the most out of these weeks, applying to ski schools in Zermatt or across the Alps. We work with a number of ski schools across the Alps who are counting on us to find them great instructors to teach during February Half Term. With our course finishing right before these busy weeks we are in the best postion to offer jobs for participants to the course!
Zermatt Ski Gap Pre-Requisites
In order to make the most out of the Course we recommend at least 10 weeks of ski experience.
Any kind of previous experience in coaching or teaching will be beneficial towards the teaching part of the exams. We are there to maximise your chances of success and to transfer as much of our knowledge as possible; don’t panic if this is your first teaching experience!
Being physically able to sustain long skiing days at altitude will make the overall experience easier and more comfortable. Again, our coaches are at your disposal for any tips on fitness training prior to the course!
Zermatt Ski Gap Switzerland - Useful Links
Wether you are looking for a gap year skiing or a career change, make sure it happens. And make it happen in the best possible way.
Here are some links to articles we have written to help you gain a better understanding of the ski instructor world, it's qualification and working system.
In this article we show what the Summer and Autumn ski area offers on the Matterhorn Glacier.
In the link here you can find the full overview of the IASI Education Pathway, explaining what each level consist of and which advantages you gain by succeeding at each stage.
In this page we look into what are the characteristics the best ski instructor course should have.
Keep updated and get more info on this course by following the dedicated blog page!
Visit the Testimonals Page, where you can see what participants have to say about their training experience with us.
Check out our recruitment section for gap year ski jobs or check our course page for more gap year ski programs!
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