Although a lot of guys don’t think of it, becoming a ski instructor is a route to the good life. Yes, a lot of it is making sure a group of kids don’t go off-piece for the day. After this though, you’re bound to find groups of instructors at bars, surrounded by girls, and barely paying for drinks! If you love skiing but have always been apprehensive about pursuing this career, you’re probably looking at it the wrong way. Breaking into the position is much easier than you might expect!
Before anything, do some research into the legal requirements of the country you want to work in. A ski instructor course in Canada is going to be vastly different from one in France. Wherever you look, there’s a fair chance the training will be linked with the International Ski Instructors Association. This is an international body which determines the minimum standards of safety and proficiency for any ski instructor. It’s highly recommended that you find a course linked with the ISIA. Some countries and resorts allow you to teach with certifications gained in other countries. For the safest bet though, do your training in the same country you intend to work in.
Once you’ve found a centre where you can qualify, decide on a niche. There are several different types of skiing, and the one you want to teach varies depending on the individual. You may want to specialise in adaptive alpine skiing, cross country skiing, or telemark. If you have the patience to work with kids, you can choose to aim for junior lessons. If you’re particularly advanced, you can also become a freestyle instructor. Whichever way you’re leaning now, take your time on this decision. Once you’ve been working in one particular niche for a while, it becomes difficult to re-train.
Now that you’ve got a set plan, do some research on local ski schools. You don’t need to be an Olympian, but your skiing skills should definitely be up to scratch. It’s usually a good idea to go through a few intermediate lessons with an instructor. This will give you an opportunity to fine-tune your technique, and ask them about the job. This kind of intimate knowledge can either bolster your enthusiasm, or send you running! Before putting a deposit down, make sure you go in-depth with your research. Find out if the school provides equipment, accommodation and so on. This is also a good time to find out which countries your certification will be valid in.
After you’ve gone through your course and passed your final assessment, all there is left is to find a job! Skiing is one of the most popular kind of vacations out there, and instructors are always in demand. Once you’ve got your foot in the door, the career is yours to ride! Keep up your dedication and a positive outlook. Soon enough, you’ll be getting up in the morning and setting off to one of the most rewarding and outright fun jobs in the world!