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Ski & Snowboard Instructor Training in NZ

Mad about snow and thinking of taking a career break or a Gap year? Then why not head down-under this summer to New Zealand and join one of the SITCo. ski and snowboard instuctor training courses?
New Zealand is a land of adventure with abundant mountains, a thriving snowsports industry and an unrivalled lifestyle.

And with the New Zealand based Ski and Snowboard Instructor Training Co you can enjoy what New Zealand has to offer while training for a worldwide recognised ski or snowboard instructor qualification:

The NZSIA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications
Originally set up by scot, Colin Tanner and kiwi, Gavin McAuliffe, SITCo. - The Instructor Training Co., run courses that not only include a straight forward training program but also include freestyle and racing elements, an avalanche awareness course and a heli-ski/board day. More importantly though, you will get to enjoy the NZ experience.

The courses run in the "summer" months (June - Sept) and are based in the beautiful South Island setting of Queenstown, New Zealand - 'the adventure capital of the South'.

Here's a little background info on how Colin Tanner first became involved in ski instructing before setting up the SITCo. - The Instructor Training Co. Co.
Colin Tanner first went to New Zealand in 1995 after skiing with Gavin McAuliffe (a kiwi) in Austria for the season and then again in Val d'Isere. Gavin convinced him that he would love the skiing in New Zealand, and he wasn't wrong. In that first season - based in Queenstown - he started his Ski Instructing career following training from the Coronet Peak Snowsports School, and through the NZSIA (New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance) where he gained his first ever ski instructor qualifications - the NZSIA Level 1 and Level 2.

Over the following years he then trained for his NZSIA Level 3 and for his Test Capacite (Euro speed test).

After passing this test he then started working in France and after a few years of experience and further training, he found himself being accepted as a NZSIA Examiner. And to complete his training he also then entered the BASI system and achieved his Grade 1 (International Ski Teacher Diploma). And to complete his training he also then entered the BASI system and achieved his Grade 1 (International Ski Teacher Diploma).

The next step was the launch of 'the development centre', in Val d'isere and then SITCo. The Instructor Training Co. which he set up with Gavin McAuliffe in 2002 in order to give other keen skiers and boarders the same opportunities that they had, had.

Just recently Colin has also been chosen as a BASI Trainer.

Course Information
SITCo. offer a number of different ski and snowboard instructor training courses designed to suit different needs - 11 weeks, 8 weeks, 6 weeks and 5 weeks. 11 week course; designed to give you the freedom to go to NZ and make some lasting changes to your skiing/riding and attain the NZSIA qualifications, while having a New Zealand Experience.

 8 week course; is a shortened version, designed for those with time constraints. It will not cover, in as much detail, the extra activities of freestyle, freeride & racing.

 6 week course; a much more intense 6 weeks where you will get thown in at the deep end.

 5 week course; shorter period with your training only designed to take you to the first level of NZSIA qualifications, the Level 1.


 Accommodation in Queenstown
 Lift Pass (for 7 days a week)
 Transport to and from the Mountain (from Queenstown)
 3 days a week on snow training from a New Zealand examiner
 Evening sessions with the use of video analysis
 Full Exam preparation
 Heli-ski/board trip
 Avalanche Awareness course or 1st Aid course
 NZSIA Level 1 certification
 NZSIA Level 2 certification
 A two day extended freestyle option, or a learn to ski option, or an off-piste riding option (after the Level 2 exam)

SITCo. also run a NZSIA Level 3 / ISIA training program for anyone who is already qualified and want to train for their next NZSIA, BASI, CSIA, PSIA.... level of certification - More information >