Learning Avalanche Rescue Skills

Advanced Avalanche Rescue Skills

Course Details

SKILL LEVEL

This course was designed for the serious backcountry snow rider who wants more advanced avalanche rescue skills. 

LOCATION

Banff National Park or the Kananaskis area.

DURATION

The course will be 2.5 days.  A 4 hour class session on Zoom.  2 Field Days

 

Course Costs

Group Size
Day Rate
Price Per Person

4

$170

$425

*Please add 5% sales tax to the above amounts. *Additional expenses such as food, gear rental, park fees, transportation or accommodation not included. 4:1

Course Dates

February 20th and 21st 2021

March 6th and 7th 2021

April 3rd and 4th 2021

Course Information

STATISTICS:

It is a crucial skill to be capable of solving challenging avalanche burial scenarios. They account for 20-25% of avalanche accidents in Canada.

HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

There are a number of different design philosophies with respect to transceiver design and functionality. The concepts of how various avalanche transceivers emit a signal and how they receive signals will be explored in great detail.

  • How the ‘pulse length’ of a transmitting transceiver makes each device uniquely identifiable by another searching transceiver.
  • Antennae coupling will be explained thoroughly and how that concept applies to advanced searching strategies.
  • How marking functions work.
  • Why marking functions fail.
  • Recognize when marking functions fail and how to solve the problem.

WHERE AND HOW

These concepts and techniques will be taught both in a classroom setting and in the field.

Regardless of which brand of avalanche transceiver you have you will leave the course with a better understanding of how your transceiver works

ADVANCED FUNCTIONS

The Advanced Avalanche Rescue course will examine marking functions, signal suppression, big picture mode, analog mode and scan functions in great detail.  Once those functions are understood, we can then use these functions to help solve any burial problem.

COMPLEX BURIAL SCENARIOS

The following advanced search techniques will be taught on this course:

1. Deep avalanche burials.

2. Close proximity burials.

3. Very close proximity burials.

Instructor Background

Paddy Jerome has been in the instructor pool of the Canadian Avalanche Association’s Industry Training Program for the past 3 years.  He is heavily involved in the delivery of the  Canadian Avalanche Association’s Avalanche Search and Rescue (AvSAR) program.

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