A sequenced, competency-based 110 hour education program, with certification issued by the National 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-BLS (previously known as health care provider) course which covers the use of an Automated External Defibrillation (AED), airway and oxygen management is included in the course schedule and cost.
Upon successful completion of the exam the candidate will receive the Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) technician certification and a CPR-BLS ticket. The courses are widely recognized in the outdoor community and will provide the participants with the certification required to gain entry into ski/bike patrolling and/or guiding.
Our OEC curriculum is delivered by a partner organization, the Pacific Alpine Institute.