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Below is a list of courses offered by the section. Download the PDF below for complete details. If you would like to know more and to register, please contact

Eligible participants who are trip coordinators may qualify for our course subsidy program.

Avalanche Companion Rescue, Jan 22 - 8 hr (Edmonton)

This is one day course enhances the skills of participants in the critical components of Avalanche Companion Rescue.  The curriculum was designed by Avalanche Canada to provide a better understanding of the use of digital avalanche transceivers and to introduce participants to modern concepts in probing technique and conveyor belt shoveling.  Recent data shows that in Canada a person buried in an avalanche has to be located and extricated within 15 minutes in order to have a high probability of survival.  Without an understanding of new search and rescue techniques together with practice this timeline may not be attainable! This course can be taken by anyone who wants to enhance their chances of surviving an avalanche and/or recovering a companion who has been buried.  Since there is no skiing involved in this course, it really doesn’t matter if you are on skis, snowshoes, snow machine or foot.  Previous avalanche training such as AST1 or AST2 are NOT required although they should eventually be attended by anyone travelling in avalanche terrain.

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Avalanche Skills Training (AST) Level 2, Feb 1-5 - (Lake Louise)

The Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Course will provide an intermediate level decision--‐making framework that is suitable for people with a moderate degree of training and experience.  The course includes one day (8 hours) classroom time and four days in the field based out of the Lake Louise area.  At the end of the course, students should be able to: 

  • Use the Avaluator™ 2 as a filtering tool to determine when additional planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely.  
  • Be familiar with Avalanche Danger Ratings verification techniques for personal use on a local scale.  
  • Be familiar with the ATES technical model as a means to develop personal, local terrain ratings.
  • Use route finding to take advantage of nuances in terrain to manage personal risk.  
  • Use travel techniques in avalanche terrain appropriate to the avalanche conditions.  
  • Proficiently carry out a companion rescue.  
  • Understand the limits of their training.
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Emergency Mountaineering First Aid, April 2017 (Date TBD) - 16 hr (Edmonton). Highly recommend for all trip coordiantors.

This two day course is specially designed to address common traumatic and environmental injuries encountered by hikers, climbers, skiers and anyone who travels in the outdoors. The instructor has extensively researched the nature of outdoor mountain injuries and has vast experience as a mountain guide and as a trainer of Emergency Medical Technicians. He annually trains mountain guides and outdoor professionals in Advanced First Aid and trains the ACC GMC amateur leaders in wilderness first aid. The curriculum taught is the ECSI Wilderness First Aid program which is recognized by Labour Canada. The information and techniques presented will serve the average recreational mountain or wilderness traveler very well. The course price includes the textbook and all of the materials.
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