JSSI Courses

#1
Am a confident recreational skier, and have raced in some Corps comps, and am interested in the JSSI course but have a few questions.

1. What level do you need to be at to attend the course?

2. How easy is it to get a place on the course?

3. Where is the best place to do the course?

4. Are there any civ quals for doing it?

Grateful for any advice. Thanks.
 
#2
JSP 419 said:
JOINT SERVICE SKI SCHEME
1. A schematic for the JSAT Ski Scheme is at Annex A. The awards within this scheme do not have civilian equivalence.

Basic Ski Proficiency (Alpine) (BSA)
2. Course Description. The Basic Ski Proficiency (Alpine) is a 5-day course for personnel with no previous skiing experience. It is the foundation course for all other skiing courses and teaches basic skiing techniques and safety. The Joint Service Ski Instructor (Nordic/Alpine) can conduct the course as Distributed Training within units when authorised.
3. Aim. The aims of the Basic Ski Proficiency (Alpine) course are to:
a. Achieve the aim of AT through the challenging activity of skiing.
b. To train personnel to ski safely and competently ‘on piste’.
4. Pre-Course Standard. Candidates should be physically fit.
5. Qualification Limitations and Ratios. See Annex B to this section.
6. Progression. Personnel should gain further experience before attending Ski Touring Proficiency (STP).

Basic Ski Proficiency (Nordic) (BSN)
7. Course Description. The Basic Ski Proficiency (Nordic) is a 5-day course for personnel with no previous skiing experience. It is the foundation course for all other skiing courses and teaches basic skiing techniques and safety. The Joint Service Ski Instructor (Nordic/Alpine) can conduct the course as Distributed Training within units when authorised.
8. Aim. The aims of the Basic Ski Proficiency (Nordic) course are to:
a. Achieve the aim of AT through the challenging activity of skiing.
b. To train personnel to ski safely and competently on prepared tracks.
9. Pre-Course Standard. Candidates should be physically fit.
10. Qualification Limitations and Ratios. See Annex B to this section.
11. Progression. Personnel should gain further experience before attending STP.

Ski Tour Proficiency (STP)
12. Course Description. The Ski Tour Proficiency is a 5-day course that builds directly from the BSA/BSN course. It teaches basic ski touring, survival and winter ski expedition techniques.
13. Aim. The aims of the Ski Tour Proficiency course are to:
a. Achieve the aim of AT through the challenging activity of skiing.
b. To train personnel to ski tour safely ‘off piste’ on recognised routes as a group member.
14. Pre-Course Standard. Candidates should be physically fit and have completed the BSA/BSN.
15. Qualification Limitations and Ratios. See Annex B to this section.
16. Progression. STP qualified personnel should undertake ski touring expeditions. After gaining further skiing experience, personnel may wish to attend the APA/APN before attending a TLT course.

Advanced Ski Proficiency (Alpine) (APA)
17. Course Description. The Advanced Ski Proficiency (Alpine) is a progressive 5-day course designed to fulfil the ‘technical’ skills training gap that exists between the Basic Ski Proficiency and Joint Service Ski Instructor awards.
18. Aim. The aims of the Advanced Ski Proficiency (Alpine) are to:
a. Achieve the aim of AT through the challenging activity of skiing.
b. To train personnel to ski safely and competently on marked trails or ‘on piste’.
19. Pre-Course Standard. Candidates must be physically fit and have completed the BSA.
20. Qualification Limitations and Ratios. See Annex B to this section.
21. Progression. APA qualified personnel should gain further experience before attending a TLT course.

Advanced Ski Proficiency (Nordic) (APN)
22. Course Description. The Advanced Ski Proficiency (Nordic) is a progressive 5-day course designed to fulfil the ‘technical’ skills training gap that exists between the Basic Ski Proficiency and Joint Service Ski Instructor awards.
23. Aim. The aims of the Advanced Ski Proficiency (Nordic) are to:
a. Achieve the aim of AT through the challenging activity of skiing.
b. To train personnel to ski safely and competently on marked trails or ‘on piste’.
24. Pre-Course Standard. Candidates must be physically fit and have completed the BSN.
25. Qualification Limitations and Ratios. See Annex B to this section.
26. Progression. APN qualified personnel should gain further experience before attending a TLT course.

Ski Tour Leader Training (TLT)
27. Course Description. The Tour Leader Training is a 5-day course to teach the techniques required to lead on piste and ski tour expeditions. The course is mandatory for personnel wishing to progress to Joint Service Ski Instructor and leader awards.
28. Aim. The aims of the Tour Leader Training course are to:
a. Achieve the aim of AT through the challenging activity of skiing.
b. To train personnel in the skills required to lead ski tours and groups ‘on piste’.
29. Pre-Course Standard. Candidates must:
a. Be either an officer or NCO.
b. Qualified STP.
c. Logged a minimum of 14 days skiing since gaining the STP qualification.
30. Qualification Limitations and Ratios. See Annex B to this section.
31. Progression. Following successful completion of the TLT course, personnel are required to gain further relevant ski experience prior to attending the SIA/SIN or STL course. Such experience is to include leading groups ‘on piste’ and completing recognised ‘off piste‘ tours/expeditions with a qualified instructor.
Footnote: Field Conditions. 2 days per course.

Joint Services Ski Instructor (Alpine) (SIA)
32. Course Description. The Joint Service Ski Instructor (Alpine) is a 5-day course to train, assess and qualify Service personnel as alpine skiing instructors.
33. Aim. The aims of the Joint Service Ski Instructor (Alpine) course are to:
a. Achieve the aim of AT through the challenging activity of skiing.
b. To train and assess personnel as JSSI (A).
34. Pre-Course Standard. Candidates must have completed the TLT course and ski at BASI Alpine 4 star standard (refined parallel turns).
35. Qualification Limitations and Ratios. See Annex B to this section.
36. Progression. SIA holders should gain further ski touring experience prior to attending a STL course.

Joint Service Ski Instructor (Nordic) (SIN)
37. Course Description. The Joint Service Ski Instructor (Nordic) is a 5-day course to train and assess and qualify Service personnel as Nordic ski instructors.
38. Aim. The aims of the Joint Service Ski Instructor (Nordic) course are to:
a. Achieve the aim of AT through the challenging activity of skiing.
b. To train and assess Service personnel as JSSI (N).
39. Pre-Course Standard. Candidates must have completed the TLT course and ski at BASI Nordic 4 Star Standard.
40. Qualification Limitations and Ratios. See Annex B to this section.
41. Progression. JSSI (N) holders should gain a further ski touring experience prior to attending a STL course.

Joint Service Ski Tour Leader (STL)
42. Course Description. The Joint Service Ski Tour Leader is a 5-day course that trains and assesses the capabilities of officers and NCOs to lead ski tours and expeditions on recognised routes.
43. Aim. The aims of the Joint Service Ski Tour Leader course are to:
a. Achieve the aim of AT through the challenging activity of skiing.
b. To train and assess Service personnel for the STL award.
44. Pre-Course Standard. Candidates must have:
a. Completed the TLT course.
b. Completed a minimum of 10 days ski touring post TLT.
c. Have minimum qualification of Summer Mountain Leader Training (MLT) or Winter Mountain Proficiency (WMP).
d. Have proven instructional ability.
45. Qualification Limitations and Ratios. See Annex B to this section.
46. Progression. STL holders should conduct ski tours and expeditions and gain further personal experience prior to attending a SMT course.
Footnote: Field Conditions. 2 days per course.

Joint Service Senior Ski Instructor (SSI)
47. Description. The Joint Service Senior Ski Instructor is an appointment given to ski instructors who are approved by JSAT or single Service Centre Commandants and who hold the following awards:
a. STL.
b. SIA.
c. SIN.
d. A recognised First Aid Certificate.
48. Qualification Limitations and Ratios. See Annex B to this section.
49. Progression. Personnel who wish to progress should consider attending the SMT course.

Ski Mountain Leader Training (SMT)
50. Course Description. The Ski Mountain Leader Training is a 10-day course to train personnel in the techniques required to lead groups on ski mountaineering expeditions.
51. Aim. The aims of the Joint Service Ski Mountain Leader Training course are to:
a. Achieve the aim of AT through the challenging activity of skiing.
b. To train Service personnel in the skills necessary to safely lead groups on ski mountaineering activities.
52. Pre-Course Standard. Candidates should hold the STL award.
53. Qualification Limitations and Ratios. See Annex B to this section.
54. Progression. Following attendance on the SMT course, personnel should gain more experience of ski mountaineering in preparation for the SML course.
Footnote: Field Conditions. 10 days per course.

Joint Service Ski Mountain Leader (SML)
55. Course Description. The Joint Service Ski Mountaineering Leader is a 10-day training and assessment course to test the candidate's ability to safely lead Service personnel on ski mountaineering expeditions.
56. Aim. The aims of the Joint Service Ski Mountaineering Leader course are to:
a. Achieve the aim of AT through the challenging activity of skiing.
b. Assess the candidate’s ability to safely lead a group on ski mountaineering expeditions.
57. Pre-Course Standard. Candidates must:
a. Have completed SMT.
b. Hold both MLW and RCI awards or the civilian awards of ML (W) and MIA and SGL.
c. Have considerable log book experience of both ski and general mountaineering.
d. Hold a current, recognised, advanced first aid certificate.
58. Qualification Limitation and Ratios. See Annex B to this section.
59. Progression. There is no further progression within the JSAT Ski Scheme. Those wishing to further their technical expertise should register with BASI.
Footnote: Field Conditions -10 days per course.
Answers to your questions:

1. See above
2. Look at the DCI for adventerous training course dates - you will want to apply well in advance for spaces on a course. There is no guarantee of spaces - the TLT and JSSI courses tend to be quite oversubscribed. If you are:
a) A JNCO
b) A 2Lt/Lt
You stand a slightly better chance that everyone else at getting on a course...
3. Courses are mainly run in Bavaria, although there is also a lodge in Norway. Advise you to keep you eye open for Ex Snow Warrior, an exercise run by ATG(G) each winter in Bavaria. This trains soldiers/officers up to BSP/ASP (depending on ability) and STP level. Exercise is free of charge. Bids in around September. DCI should be out soon.
4. No
 
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#3
I found this on the search page and it was exactly the sort of information I was after but can anyone tell me if this is still current?

Basically, someone at my unit managed to get loaded onto his JSSI course without having done his TLT. I really want to go for my JSSI Alpine qual in the future but am not particularly interested in ski touring but am willing to do it if I have to. If someone can clarify this, it would be much appreciated!

Many thanks! :D
 

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