Ski instructor
How to become one & travel the world

Winter is your thing. You love to spend time on the mountains and being surrounded by the snow community.

As Hanna tells us on her interview:

“My family has always valued sports more than collecting material things. So when I was a kid, my parents taught me everything about skiing and windsurfing. They thought that training was the best way to learn perseverance and commitment and encouraged me to become a better athlete. I think they were right. When I grew up, I still wanted to improve, gain more experience and share this passion with others”

Have you thought to become a ski instructor?

You don’t have to be a professional skier to have the hability to show others. But you have to be enough confident.

Well what about combining this with traveling and switching from the end season at one place to a beginning of another?

What about earning some money teaching the skills to skiing?

If you’re confident enough that this is your thing the next step is to get a kind of certification that shows that you’re qualyfied.

Crucial is that where you’re taking the course are members of ISIA (International Ski Instructors Association).

Even if each country has its own certifications most accept the ones from other countries.

Anyway, ensure that the qualification has good worldwide recognition:

  • OSSV (Austria)
  • ENSA (France)
  • AMSI (Italy)
  • BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors)
  • CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance)
  • PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America)
  • NZSIA (New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance)

From each one you’ll have diferent levels. Level 1 will allow you to teach beginners, level 2 intermediate, level 3 experienced and level 4 to teach other instructors.

Get at least Level 2 to get options to work internationally.

Second. Learn languages. If you want to teach you need to be good at languages. English is essential. German, chinese, russian are always a plus.

As Hanna explains on her interview, laguages are important. She could study on Italy and work at some camps:

So you are a ski and a windsurf instructor right? What did you do in Italy? 

Yes. Well, Italy has a special place in my heart- I actually finished my high school there. So whenever I go to Italy, I just can’t wait to speak Italian again, eat well, ski, climb the mountains and hopefully visit my friends. Italy has it all! I usually work at the polish ski camps as an instructor

Oh, great! you also speak Italian! Do you speak any other language?

I studied German for a couple of years but now I can mainly communicate on a very basic level. However, I am working on my Spanish as I want to study in Spain in the next 1-2 years 

Oh sehr Gut! Yo estoy ahora en España! 

 But before going into future plans. Which other languages do you think are a big plus to find work as a ski or windsurf instructor?

Of course English is a must. As for skiing- German is a big plus (Austria, Switzerland, North of Italy, Germany, also many windsurfing schools are german) and I would also say Spanish”

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Third. Do an internship. Get confident on the daily tasks, it will not be just about teaching. Sometimes you’ll also have to manage other things like renting material.

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