Avalanche Rescue Course

Above photos courtesy of AIARE.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course.

Each participant will receive professional coaching their rescue skills and will receive a rescue card acknowledging completion date at course end.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue can be taken at any time but it is a prerequisite for the AIARE Recreational Level 2 and the professional level courses. AIARE recommends that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue Course and receiving a rescue card at least every other year.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the Avalanche Rescue course the student should be able to:
• Describe what to do if they or a member of their party is caught in an avalanche
• Identify and be able to use gear necessary for avalanche rescue
• Set up a realistic scenario in order to practice an avalanche rescue response
• Improve their response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers
• Develop a plan for continued practice

All students will have the opportunity to get feedback from an instructor on their rescue skills and timed practice with a realistic scenario.

Even if you have taken a prior Avalanche Rescue Course you will find value in having a professional help set up a realistic scenario, practicing skills in a realistic setting, receiving feedback from an instructor, keeping up with current best practices, and having an opportunity to practice advanced rescue skills.

Who Should Take this Course

The Avalanche Rescue Course is a one-day course aimed both at new and experienced recreationalists, and aspiring snow professionals.

We have a lot of material to cover but the course of the day will cover the following outline
• Introduction
• Personal Protective Equipment and Avalanche Rescue Gear
• Departure Check
• Avalanche Rescue Demonstration
• Rescue Skills Breakdown
• Single Burial Scenario
• Advanced Topics
• Scenario Practice and Assessment
• Patient Considerations and Evacuation
• Course Close

Program Prerequisites:

Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites.
If you have your own beacons, shovels and probes bring them. If not we have them available for loan.

Program Inclusions:

Price includes instruction, loan of avalanche beacons, shovels, and probes, and a syllabus. Local accommodation is not included.

Please Read before you go

We feel the following information is essential... (links open as PDF in new window)

  1. Details, Itinerary, and Equipment List
  2. SMC Cancellation Policy
  3. Suggestions on preparation - get the most out of your trip!
  4. Tips on physical training for your trip
  5. LNT - Let's work together to protect our precious mountain environment.

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