NZSIA (New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance) is the governing body for ski and snowboard exams and qualifications in New Zealand. NZSIA consists of four different divisions; ski, snowboard (SBINZ), telemark and adaptive (skiing for the disabled). NZSIA is a member of the ISIA (International Ski/Snowboard Instructors Alliance). The alliance aims to provide equal levels of quality throughout different governing bodies around the world to ensure a high level of ski and snowboard instructors. NZSIA is well respected within ISIA circles and continues to build and develop ski and snowboard practice to guarantee competitiveness and high quality instructors.
Basecamp are proud to work with the ski and snowboard divisions of NZSIA to provide aspiring skiers and snowboarders the chance to qualify as Level 1 and 2 Instructors.
Ski/Snowboard Level One
Ski/Snowboard Level One is the entry-level instructors course designed for those wishing to enter the snowsports industry. The five-day course includes teaching adults and children, first time skiers/snowboarders and those up to a advanced beginner level. Technical and teaching theory knowledge will be assessed by a written test.To pass the exam participants should be advanced skiers/snowboarders comfortable on all gradients of piste and easy off piste.
Ski/Snowboard Level Two
Ski/Snowboard Level Two is designed for instructors wishing to progress within the snowsports industry to teaching students from advanced beginner to intermediate. Candidates must have obtained Ski/Snowboard Level One or equivalent foreign qualification.
Ski Exam – NZSIA Level Two
The eight day course (day off on day 6) consists of teaching progressions from wedge parallel turns to advanced parallel turns with a pole plant, the teaching model and learning process, class handling and safety, skier analysis, technical information and demonstrating.
Snowboard Exam – SBINZ
The five-day course includes modules covering rider improvement, movement analysis, progressions for level three and four students, class handling and safety on all-mountain terrain. Candidates’ riding is continually assessed with key requirements being: Riding all groomed and off-piste terrain with good flow and style, forwards and switch skidded turn demonstrations, carving demonstrations, and freestyle demonstrations (straight airs, ollies, nose rolls, 180s, 50-50′s on a box).