We are pleased to announce that we are recruiting ski patrol volunteers for the 2021/22 season.
Join us at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center Wednesday Sept 8th. The open house commences at 6:30 pm with a 1 hour presentation at 7:00 pm. We will be presenting information about the first aid training course, on-snow training and what patrolling is all about. We will cover the benefits and expectations of ski patrolling. After the presentation, veteran patrollers and returning recruits will be on-hand to answer questions about their patrolling experience.
You will be able to register for the 2021/2022 training course and patrol season.
CSP Advanced First Aid Course
Classes commence Tuesday Sept 14th and are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. This year classes will be held at the Ukrainian Church 1091 Coronation Ave, Kelowna. In-class sessions start with a quick review of the assigned reading and online training after which we will put the material into practice. Periodic practical exams are scattered throughout to monitor your progress. The final exams consists of a written exam, a skills exam and a patient assessment and diagnostic scenario.
Lift Evacuation Training and On-hill Scenarios
The lift evacuation and onhill scenario weekend is tentatively scheduled for October 16th and 17th. Lift evacuation training consists of two evacuations – one where you are being evacuated off the lift and one where you are evacuating your fellow patrollers from the lift. The remainder of the weekend is filled with full patient assessment, diagnostic and treatment scenarios in the great outdoors. Long grass, creeks, water logged terrain, sticks, twigs, logs and uneven ground add a new dimension to performing first aid and will challenge your problem solving skills.
The next phase of becoming a patroller is the on-snow training which takes place over two consecutive weekends tentatively Dec 4/5 and 11/12. We will have a lot to cover in these four days: skiing/riding evaluation, learning onhill landmarks, VCM orientation, patrol hut and infirmary familiarization, handling an empty toboggan on easy (Hwy 33-ish), moderate (International-ish) and difficult (BornToRun-ish) terrain, handling a loaded toboggan on easy (Serwas-ish), moderate (Paradise-ish) and difficult (Kangaroo-ish) terrain, returning a toboggan back on-hill, radio communication protocols and complete scenarios including finding, treating, packaging and transporting patients.
You’ve passed all your exams and proven your on-snow skills. You are now ready to patrol. You will be teamed up with an experienced patroller for your first several shifts. This is your opportunity to extract as much “local knowledge” as possible. You will quickly gain confidence with some supervised “first-ins” and soon be patrolling independently.