The ZA basic course given by the Swiss Ski School of Geneva is the first step of the professional training programme of Swiss Snowsports (or SSSA, umbrella association of the Swiss Ski Schools).
The training course is given by recognised snow sports experts. It includes a one-day test and a recognised training certificate is issued.
The Swiss Ski School of Geneva only hires instructors holding recognised certifications to teach the various ski and snowboard courses.
The Swiss Ski School of Geneva accompanies skiers and snowboarders until they obtain a recognised certification.
Depending on your level and age, the Swiss Ski School of Geneva offers 2 different courses (ski or snowboard):
In Switzerland, there are two different training programmes to become a ski/snowboard instructor : anyone who teaches skiing or snowboarding must complete the Swiss Snowsports (SSSA) or the Jeunesse et Sport (J+S) training programme.
Swiss Snowsports is the umbrella association of the Swiss Ski Schools and is responsible for the professional snowsports training programmes. The full Swiss Snowsports training programme leads to the Brevet Fédéral de Professeur de Sports de Neige.
Find out more : www.snowsports.ch
Jeunesse et Sport (J+S)
J+S is the sports promotion programme of the Swiss Confederaion (over 70 sports disciplines). As such, J+S aims to promote sport that is suitable for children and young people and contributes to the development and fulfilment of children and young people in the areas of education, social integration and health. J+S is part of the Federal Office of Sport (FOSPO).
Find out more : www.jugendundsport.ch
There are bridges between the two programmes. The Swiss Ski Schools hire instructors wiht both types of certifications.
Even if the ski and snowboard training courses take place at the same time, the courses are separated and it is not necessary to practice the other gear at this level. The candidates wishing to follow both ski and snowboard training courses must register for two separate training courses.
The course is open to all good skiers; the expected technical level must be at least equivalent to the Red King level of the Swiss Snow League.
Technical forms assessed (video of the Swiss Snowsports Demo Team)
1. Sliding in the fall line with a snow plough -Turning snow plough
2. Step turns
3. Parallel turns
The training course is open to all good snowboarders; the expected technical level must be at least equivalent to the Swiss Snow League‘s Red King level.
Assessed technical forms
1. Turns using rotation techniques
2. Tricks on the slope
The elements are judged individually (possibility of stopping between them)
3. Jump type (slope)
Items are valued separately (possibility of stopping in between)
It can be useful to take a few private lessons to prepare for the ZA basic course if you are unsure about your technical level.
The Swiss Ski School of Geneva also organises a Teachers Academy : this course is made for all skiers/snowboarders who do not have the age or level required to take the ZA basic course.
Immediately after completing the course, the Swiss Ski School of Geneva offers candidates who obtain the ZA certificate the opportunity to :
At the end of the course, the candidates receive the ZA admission training certificate, which is recognised as a “Swiss Snowsports Basic Course”. It gives access to the ME (Methodology) and TE (Technique) modules of the Swiss Snowsports training programme.
The ZA basic course also prepares to the Jeunesse + Sport courses.
A test is organised during the course to help candidates choose the right programme for the next training courses.
CHF 749.00 for 5 days (including SSSA manuals)
Ski-pass, accommodation and transportation are not included.
The Swiss Ski School of Geneva does not organise transportation; participants make their own way to the ski resort.
The Swiss Ski School of Geneva does not organise accommodation, except for session 1 in Saas Fee.
The ski-pass is borne by the participants.
(Wherever possible, the Swiss Ski School of Geneva negotiates preferential rates for the candidates).
For session 1 in Saas Fee, accommodation ans ski-pass can be booked as follows:
Teaching is based on the official SSSA manuals. Each candidate receives 2 manuals during the training course.
Helmet is mandatory.
18 years of age during the calendar year
7 days before the start of the course
It is possible to enrol after the deadline with an additional fee of 5% of the total cost (subject to availability).
Price: 5.75% of the total cost
From 29 days before the first course/outing (except private courses), NO REFUND (even in case of illness, accident or force majeure) is allowed if the cancellation insurance is not taken out at the booking.