Candidate Training Requirements

Once you have become a Ski Patrol  Candidate, your two-season training commitment includes the following:

  • Register as a  National Ski Patrol candidate and pay the membership fee (a total of  $150).
  • Successfully complete an Outdoor First Care course. This six- to eight-hour course introduces basic assessment  skills to help the first-year candidate patroller determine appropriate support  for patients with a life-threatening illness or injury. Body substance isolation  precautions are emphasized. The course is offered by the SVNSP.  This requirement will be waived if the Outdoor Emergency Care course (see below) has already been passed
  • Successfully complete a  professional-level American Heart Association CPR class (which includes AED use)  prior to the fall refresher.
  • Attend our fall Outdoor Emergency  Care (OEC) Refresher weekend at Squaw Valley to meet patrol members and begin learning procedures – normally a weekend in late September.
  • Attend the early winter candidate orientation at Squaw Valley to tour the mountain and start developing OEC skills.
  • Attend all required training weekends during your candidate patroller season, learning about mountain  protocols, radio use, rescue toboggan handling, emergency scene management, and  on-the-snow first aid. Six weekends (12 days) of training are required, in  addition to an additional Fourteen days of skiing with an experienced patroller  to see how things really happen. The more time you spend on the mountain, the better.
  • Successfully pass the skiing,  scene management, and toboggan handling evaluation at the end of the candidate patroller season.
  • Successfully complete an OEC  course before your second patroller season. OEC is an EMT-level class, requiring  approximately 90 hours of class time. The course is offered in the Bay Area,  Sacramento, and/or the Tahoe area, and costs approximately $200.00.
  • Working with an assigned  experienced patrol mentor during your second season, successfully demonstrate  appropriate patrolling skills in real situations out on the mountain. Once all  skills are checked off and you’ve been certified by the patrol director, you’ve  made it! Download a Printer Friendly Version 

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