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AIARE Avalanche Rescue

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand-alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. The Avalanche Rescue Course is a one-day course aimed both at new and experienced recreationalists, and aspiring snow professionals. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course.

Students who have previously taken an AIARE 1 or an Avalanche Rescue Course will find value in having a professional help them set up a realistic scenario, practice skills in a realistic setting, receive feedback from an instructor, keep up with current best practices, and have an opportunity to practice advanced rescue skills.

Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching on their rescue skills and will receive a rescue card acknowledging completion date at course end.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 and Pro 1 courses. AIARE recommends that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue Course and receiving a rescue card at least every other year.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Describe what to do if they or a member of their party is caught in an avalanche
  • Identify and be able to use gear necessary for avalanche rescue.
  • Set up a realistic scenario in order to practice an avalanche rescue response.
  • Improve their response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers.
  • Develop a plan for continued practice

Instructional Sessions

  • Personal protective and avalanche rescue equipment
    • Identify and familiarize students with winter personal protective, avalanche rescue, and self-evacuation equipment and their proper use
    • Demonstrate and practice routines to check gear’s function
  • Demonstrate avalanche rescue
    • Introduce Avalanche Rescue Quick Reference tool and apply it to a scenario
    • Breakdown and practice individuals skills of avalanche rescue: assessing the scene and taking leadership, using a transceiver, using a probe, and shoveling
  • Single burial scenarios
    • Learn to set up effective scenarios for practice
    • Integrate individual skills into a rescue scenario
  • Patient considerations and evacuation
    • Identify potential patient care considerations resulting from avalanche burial or involvement
    • Name equipment for self-evacuation and communication to outside resources
    • Describe considerations when interfacing with Search and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services
  • Scenario practice and feedback
    • Integrate skills and receive feedback on rescue response from a professional
  • Advanced topics – Covered depending on student need and interest
    • Employ probing on a line with a partner to reduce search times and need for bracketing.
    • Apply foundational skills to multiple victim scenarios without close proximity burials.
    • Recognize challenges associated with deep burials.
    • Employ repeatable method (Micro-strip or 3-circle) for locating close-proximity multiple burials

For more information call White Pine Touring at 435-649-8710 or email us at shouse@whitepinetouring.com.

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