And certainly valid!
I understand your point about not wanting to teach above your “qualification” You do have one, by the way, and it is well respected.
Even if you teach only up to parallel, who is to say you are behaving safely, and who takes responsibility for the whole of the teaching process?
Simon and his other fully qualified (and like him, recognised by the French) staff supervise the “trainees”.
After all, French law provides for imprisonment for negligent sports coaching across all sports.
Let me play the Devil’s advocate here… who is to say exactly what your terms of reference are… BASI have never written them down - not really. Have you spent enough time under supervision to prove you have the all round skills to teach without supervision? (Here I mean in a practical situation with real people?) The French system is an apprenticeship with very organized on the job supervision.
So if you were a free spirit - or bloody irresponsible from another point of view (sorry!); you will go ahead and teach what you want - whether or not you have the skills - or the training. Not you necessarily - but it will happen, and it is the reputation of British instructors that will suffer (not to mention the safety of the clients).
That’s the problem for the French. It is inevitable that they will see some low level Instructor (to them at least), teaching, and assume they are unsafe.
Who is to say that what you are doing is inappropriate or unsafe, unless it comes from outside? All professions that are accountable to the public have a governing body; in our case it is BASI although legally, very loosely, - in the case of the French it is the Sports Ministry - all teaching qualifications are Government issued and regulated - you would be surprised how much in the case of trainees.
I have already suggested that levels 1 and 2 should be valid within Britain only - perhaps level 2 in a recognized ski school in Europe but only for a number of years (to encourage personal improvement). Then ISIA (level 3) within a ski school (permanently), then ISTD fully independent.
Regarding things like Test technique, you need this to work in a French ski school environment, - or you could work for Simon. BUT if you work on your own, it seems to me that nothing you can show can prove that your training is remotely similar to the French or full British model; no matter how responsible you are - you simply have no fully qualified supervision or qualification.
The other matter is, will any fully qualified Brit be prepared to take the risk of another - perhaps better prepared court case; to take you on as a partner / employee? The legal costs would be huge.
Your drive and passion - nor your skill are in question, but the practicalities are that - is it really worth it? I would love to gather together a team of like minded ski teachers who could really do some good - but I cannot afford the potential court case.
European law recognizes the need for some disparity but the derogation, (legal term for authorised exception) for skiing has said that there must be minimum standards - because of the danger to clients.
Time limits may not be that important as each BASI qualification is stand alone. However there is a certain minimum standard to work permanently in France - unless you work - at present - for Simon. Even there it may be up for test if he employs people who do not progress through the system for too long.
As I have said, things may change as to who can work for whom, but only time will tell.
I really do wish you well, since your emotional commitment to ski teaching is a credit to both you and BASI.
But be careful.