SKI PATROL COURSE
+ LEVEL 1 SKI/SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTOR COURSE
11 WEEKS – INCLUDING HELI-SKIING – PANORAMA, CANADA – FROM £9200
The training and qualifications you receive on our Ski Patrol Course are internationally recognised and will help ensure you can work in ski patrol anywhere in the world.
You become a member of an elite management team when working for ski patrol, so you need to be well prepared and trained to a very high standard therefore our modules are carefully selected and although we work you hard the rewards are immense.
This 11 week course allows you to combine our Ski Patrol Course with a CSIA skiing/CASI snowboarding Level 1 instructor course and includes a day of heli-skiing / heli-boarding. Not only will you improve your snowsports ability, but you’ll also earn a qualification as an elite emergency responder, and have real back-country experience making you a valuable asset to every ski and snowboard school in the world. Included in the price of this course is all specialist equipment during training and a heli-ski/heli-board experience day.
You’ll start in January joining the CSIA or CASI level 1 training, then, in early February you’ll jump into the Ski Patrol training programme. You’ll be first on the mountain preparing the slopes for the day, looking after injured guests and making sure everyone gets down the mountain safely when the mountain closes. You’ll learn about outdoor emergency patient care, avalanche control, air rescue, helicopter orientation, toboggan handling, mountaineering and many other essential and fascinating skills that will help you find work within the Ski Patrol Service. In the last week of the course there is a heli-ski day where you will experience powder and back-country like never before, the perfect way to top off a great season of training.
What they said
CSIA/CASI Level 1 ski/snowboarding instructor course
Patroller Training Programme (endorsed by Canada West Ski Area Association)
How long for:
11 weeks (Training consists of 3 weeks Instructor Course and 8 weeks of ski patrol training and mentoring)
17th January 2019
16th January 2020
You need to be comfortable skiing/snowboarding European blue runs
Without Flights £9200
With Flights £9650 (From London)
Secure your place with a £300 deposit
What you’ll get
- Ski Patrol Modules (see Course Schedule below)
- Training with experienced Canadian Instructors
- 6 hours a day, 5 days a week training
- CSIA or CASI Level 1 instructor exam
- Heli-skiing / Heli-boarding day
- Shadow teaching
- CSIA Membership
- Instructor Licence
- Video analysis
- Shadow Ski Patrol
- Snow Ready Fitness Plan
- Patroller Training Programme Handbook
- Specialist Equipment
Trainees receive a pack with all essential equipment required to work with ski patrol. Items include Avalanche Safety gear: probe, shovel, transceiver, first aid supplies and medical equipment. Backpacks are on loan during ski patrol training and must be returned in good condition. These packs are available for purchase in resort if requested.
Not included in the course price is the core text book. Outdoor Emergency Care – 5th Edition costs approx £89.99 and must be purchased prior to the course start date.
- Meal card worth $115 per week, with 20% discount throughout the resort
- Flights from the UK and transfers (if applicable)
- Hotel accommodation (Single room available – supplement payable)
- Season lift pass
- Heli-skiing / Heli-boarding day
Toby Horsethief Lodge
- Slope side, next to lift location
- Free use of Panorama Spring Pools with Hot tubs
- Free Use of Resort Gym
- Ski Lockers
- High Speed Internet
- Shared En-suite room with mountain views & flat Screen TV (Single rooms available – supplement payable)
- Fully equipped kitchen (including a dishwasher, fridge, stove, microwave).
- Module 1: CPR – BLS for Healthcare Professionals
The BLS HCP module is designed for healthcare professionals which includes ski/bike patrollers.
- Module 2: Non-Urban Occupational Emergency Care, Level 3
The NUOEC 3 course curriculum contains baseline knowledge and skill development objectives, derived from primary paramedic training program curricula with emphasis on the non-urban environment. Specific modules address the injuries and illnesses that non-urban responders are likely to encounter; conditions that are typically not addressed (or lack the necessary depth) in other first aid programs.
- Module 3: Advanced Protocol Training
The APTP is designed specifically to address the in-situ patient care and risk management concerns of non-urban organizations and corporations. The APTP is comprised of 6 advanced emergency medical protocol modules. These modules meet specific emergency response training needs not currently met under conventional programs available to non-paramedical responders.
- Module 4: Rope Rescue
This module provides the foundational knowledge and skills for performing rope rescue. It teaches safe, efficient rescue skills and is the essential first step in developing ‘rope rescue’ competency.
- Module 5: Aerial Lift Evacuation & Self Evacuation
This module prepares the student by teaching the fundamentals of conducting aerial mechanized lift evacuations. Self and rescue evacuations are also addressed and practiced.
- Module 6: Patient Extrication & Evacuation
Covered in this module is patient extrication and evacuation utilizing the most commonly-used devices such as toboggans, wheeled litters, and various snow machines.
- Module 7: Avalanche Skills Training, Level 1
AST Level 1 is an entry level avalanche awareness courses. The curriculums are in strict compliance with the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) and certification is provided by the CAC. Topics covered include: nature and formation of avalanches, avalanche terrain awareness, snow stability and snow pack assessment, avalanche danger assessment, safety and self-rescue, and the use of transceivers.
- Module 8: Risk Management
The issue of risk management in the mountain recreation industry is of fundamental importance. It is essential that all Patrollers have a clear understanding of the ‘big picture’ with respect to risk management, and also the part that they individually play in this. The Risk Management module spells out clearly the roles and responsibilities that Patrollers must understand and fulfil with specific emphasis on accident investigation and prevention.
- Module 9: Incident Investigation
With litigation as prevalent as it is in the mountain recreation industry, incident investigation is critical to an organizations risk management program. Thorough incident investigation is of critical importance and an integral part of preparing a viable and legitimate defence.
- Module 10: General Patrolling
Effective Communications & Customer Relations
In addition to providing emergency medical care, the daily routines and tasks expected of Patrollers are extremely diverse. Significant among these are: recognizing and correcting safety hazards, continuously performing risk assessments, and developing and implementing programs to ensure overall safety. Since Patrollers are in the public eye and in the service industry, included in this module is a workshop covering effective customer service, emphasizing communication skills and conflict resolution.
- Module 11: Helicopter Orientation, Air Evacuation, Air Rescue
This module emphasizes the safety issues associated with helicopter use as well as the issues that affect patient evacuation in non-pressured aircraft.
- Module 12: GPS & Compass Orientation
The aim of this module is to develop the skills to use a GPS confidently at a basic level. The use of GPS in the mountain recreation industry is increasing and Patrollers are using GPS in many applications.
- Module 13: Mentoring
This module involves ‘putting it all together’ while shadowing Patrollers and Avalanche Technicians (Mentors) over a 12 day period as a Mentee.
At the end of the programme there is a heli-skiing experience day with RK Heliski. Back-country powder skis/snowboards are provided by RK Heliskiing.