1 evening session, 3 full field days, self-paced online learning 715
This course is designed for Professional Ski Patrollers, Search and Rescue Team members, Law Enforcement/EMS/Fire and Mountain Guides. The rescue-driven curriculum builds on the basic skill set introduced in Level 1 & 2 avalanche courses. The majority of this syllabus will focus on the management of both large and small scale organized rescue from the initial deployment of rapid response teams to multi-day, multi-agency operation logistics. The components of this course include self-paced online learning, online conference calls, and field sessions.
This course will cover the following:
- Incident Command System in Avalanche Rescue
- Scene Safety
- Technology updates (including RECCO, Transceivers, Airbags, etc.)
- Shoveling and Probing strategies
- Resource Management
- Victim care and avalanche burial complications
- Recent research on avalanche survivability
- Snow Anchors & Rigging Specifications (Sked, Rescue Bubble, etc.)
- Technical Terrain Management (lowering/raising)
- Getting Along and developing relationships between Patrols, Law Enforcement and SAR groups
Have questions on the pro/rec split? See our pro/rec frequently asked questions page for more details, including a visual of the course progression.