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Professional Level 1

Provided by American Avalanche Institute
Salt Lake
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Pro Level 1 course, December 11-16, 2022 Evening intro Zoom (Dec 11), 5 field days with classroom components (Dec 12-16), plus self-paced online curriculum This course is the first course in the Professional Avalanche education track. Prerequisites include level 1 course and rescue fundamentals.
This course is designed for avalanche workers early in their careers, or for experienced workers wanting to stay current with industry standards. The focus of this course is to prepare students to be contributing members of a risk management team by developing observational skills, as well as communication and rescue skills. During this course, we will focus on developing systems for planning and executing a route, as well as for evaluating snow stability. The goal of this course is to help students become skilled observers who will contribute to a professional team.
This course will have an evening meeting, 5 field days and self-paced online learning.
Students will practice and be evaluated on the following skills:
Small party avalanche rescue response
Weather station observations
Use of morning and evening stability worksheets
Communication of the avalanche risk to team members
Assess and analyze avalanche terrain
Group management in terrain appropriate for the avalanche problem
Snow pit site selection
Dig and analyze a snowpit, including weak layer identification and stability tests
Observation and documentation of snowpack, weather and avalanches
This is a pass/fail course.
Prerequisites:
Recreational Level 1 avalanche course
Rescue Fundamentals course
Minimum of one season between the Recreational Level 1 & Professional Level 1 used to apply the tools and strategies learned on a level 1.