Outdoor Emergency Care

A sequenced, competency-based 110 hour education program, with certification issued by theNational Ski Patrol (NSP), this course prepares candidates without previous first aid training to handle the emergency care problems seen in the snow sports and guiding industry. The knowledge and skills learned are oriented toward an outdoor setting, with special emphasis on ski and snowboard injuries, high altitude and cold weather illness, wilderness extrications, and the special equipment first-aiders need for emergency care and transportation in the outdoor environment. Students are required to participate in comprehensive lessons with skill and scenario application; complete various study book exercises; take a final written exam; and demonstrate their skills and knowledge in final scenarios.

A CPR Health Care Provider (HCP) course which covers the use of an Automated External Defibrillation (AED) is included in the course schedule and cost. The AED content provides knowledge of how the heart works, what goes wrong when defibrillation is required and teaches when and how to safely operate an AED.

Upon successful completion of the exam the candidate will receive the Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) technician certification and a CPR 'HCP' ticket. The courses are widely recognized in the outdoor community and will provide the participants with the certification required to gain entry into ski patrolling and/or guiding.


OEC courses are currently being provided by the Pacific Alpine Institute located in Whistler, BC. Please feel free to contact us or refer directly to the Pacific Alpine Institute website www.pacificalpineinstitute.ca for additional information.


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