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Passionate About Inspiring Others

As a 'coach' my work has evolved over time as I have realised that sport and being in the mountains are simply a vehicle for greater wellbeing - physical, mental, and emotional. So in a sense my coaching is all about improving people's 'quality of life' through my work as an author, mental skills coach, alpine skiing coach, teacher, and speaker.

Derek Tate

Author - Following my MSc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) I realised that I could really help others through writing about my passions of sport, being in the mountains and a general love of learning. This has led to me writing several books in the self help/psychology/coaching genre. 

Mental Skills Coach - I strongly believe that everyone can, and should, spend time training their mental skills and my book 'Six Steps for Training the Mind' is a very practical tool that people can use to improve this vital part of their overall development and wellbeing. The content of this book has been very effectively used in my one-to-one coaching both online and in person.  

Alpine Skiing Coach - Skiing, and teaching skiing, has been a major part of my life and I never tire of sharing this passion with others. I love helping my learners experience the joy of snowsports through improving performance, social interaction, and being in such an amazing environment. Skiing really does fit so well with the tagline, "Health and wellbeing through sport and mountain life". 

Teacher - Teaching is about sharing one's experience and knowledge so that the pupil can be guided towards a path of self-discovery. My workshops and masterclasses will help you to become excited about your own self-development so that you are inspired to learn more, and become more. 


  • More than 35 years experience working as a ski instructor and coach.

  • Educator and examiner of snowsport instructors for IASI, BASI & Snowsport Scotland.

  • Personal mental skills coaching with national team athletes and the general public.

  • Speaker and author on learning, teaching and psychology topics related to sport and life.    

  • Attended five World Intsrski Congresses between 1999 and 2023.


  • MSc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP)

  • Strengths Practitioner

  • PG Diploma Sports Coaching

  • Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher 

  • First Aider for Mental Health

  • BASI Alpine Level 4 Ski Teacher

  • IASI Alpine Level 4 Ski Teacher

  • Snowsport Scotland Coach 

*see below for more details on the quals listed above.

Professional Memberships

  • Professional Member of the Positive Psychology Guild

  • Professional Ski Instructors of Canada (PSIC)

  • British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI)

  • Irish Association of Snowsport Instructors (IASI)

  • Author member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)

  • Msc Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) - graduated with distinction in 2019 from Bucks New University, England.  

  • Equivalence of MAPP Master's Degree in France - 07/09/2021 - dossier no. 692440

  • Post Graduate Diploma Sports Coaching - graduated in 1993 from Moray House, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher - qualified in 2018 from the School of Positive Transformation under the guidance of Itai Ivtzan. 

  • Strengths Practitioner qualified in 2023 from the School of Positive Transformation.

  • First Aider for Mental Health - qualified in August 2021 with MHScot - FAA Level 2 (RQF) - cert no. NCA94568576

  • BASI Alpine Level 4 Ski Teacher - originally qualified to the highest level with British Association of Snowsport Instructors in 1992

  • Equivalence of BASI Alpine L4 to BEES Premier degree ski alpin in France

  • IASI Alpine Level 4 Ski Teacher - Irish Association of Snowsports Instructors including Euro Security Mountain Safety 

  • Snowsport Scotland (SSS) performance coach and former course tutor for instructor and leadership courses. 

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