Companion Rescue Skills Clinic

Per Person: $159

Private (up to 8 People): $849

Review, refresh, and build upon your avalanche safety knowledge.

Location: Whistler

Duration: 1 Day

Prerequisites: AST 1

Fitness: Good

Practice your companion rescue skills and advance beyond the scope of AST1 by learning how to deal with multiple burials, close-proximity multiple burials, deep burials, coordinate group rescues, and search without transceivers. Discussion topics also include airbags, new shoveling techniques, and avalanche incident triage.

Our carefully designed curriculums have been crafted into a number of programs designed to help every level of student reach their full potential. 

Find out more: The Academy

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HOW TO BOOK:

  • Choose the best date for you using our booking system.

  • Clinic Location: This tour is located on Whister Blackcomb and you will require a lift ticket.

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CLINIC INFORMATION

Just the thing to step up your skills and gain confidence in the backcountry. Spend the day with a guide who will teach you the most up-to-date Search and Rescue techniques to make you a more valuable member of your touring party. We go beyond the basic rescue skills you already know and cover topics that your AST1 did not.

Topics include:

  • Advanced transceiver functions & alternative search strategies
  • New rescue digging techniques
  • Searching without a transceiver
  • Deep burial searches
  • Multiple burial searches
  • Organizing and leading a search
  • Preventative measures
  • Discussion of avalanche airbags

It is not mandatory to have taken Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST1) before taking this course but it is highly recommended

**All Courses subject to a minimum number of participants. 48 hour notice will be given if the minimum number has not been reached.

8:15am – Meet at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre for a gear check and trip planning.

8:30am – Use the lifts to gain quick access to the backcountry.

4pm (approximately) – Ski back to the village and end the day with a debrief.

Rentals/Purchase:

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If you require rentals or need to purchase equipment, we have teamed up with the experts at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. Follow the link HERE to purchase or rent gear for this course!



Clothing Dress appropriately for the conditions:

  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants
  • Down or synthetic insulated jacket
  • Mid layer fleece top
  • Insulating top and bottom under layers and socks
  • Warm hat/toque and balaclava
  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen

Equipment:

  • Lift Pass
  • Backpack-25-35 Litres
  • Alpine touring skis/splitboard, skins, bindings, and boots
  • Avalanche Safety Kit (transceiver, shovel, probe)
  • Helmet
  • Poles
  • First Aid Kit with blister kit
  • Rite in the Rain notebook and pencil (optional)
  • Map, compass, GPS (optional)
  • Lunch, snacks, and water
1 Day Course Topics Covered:
  • Trailhead procedures - Equipment and Transceiver check
  • Preventative Measures
  • Prioritizing actions if caught in avalanche
  • Airbags
  • Transceivers 101
  • Search and Rescue techniques
  • Searching without a transceiver
  • Multiple Burial Situations
  • Deep Burial Situations
  • Organize a group rescue
  • Post-Incident Considerations

Click HERE for the full curriculum

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