Where is it? Who is it suitable for? What do I need?
The course venue will be decided closer to the time depending on snow conditions. However the initial meeting point will be at the Ogwen Valley Visitor Centre, Ogwen Valley, North Wales.
Meeting Point Google Map
Who is this course suitable for?
This 1 day companion search and rescue skills course is essential for back country skiers, boarders, snow shoers and hikers, as well as winter mountain leaders.
Ideally you will already have attended some form of avalanche awareness training, giving you basic underpinning knowledge of the cornerstones of safe winter planning and travel. You should also have the skills to travel safely on foot, with or without crampons, over a variety of terrain and snow types in mountain terrain during the course.
Instructors and Ratios
The course is delivered by WML, MIC and BMG qualified instructors, more important is their personal years of experience in the back country environment on foot and ski around the world as well as their combined years as team members in civilian and military search and rescue teams.
They also have many years experience of delivering winter specific training to military and SAR personnel including snow science, snow study, transceiver search, digging strategies for victim recovery, as well as attendance at International snow science events such as ICAR and the International Snow Science conferences.
Ratios are a low 4:1 due to the in-depth nature of the day.
What kit do I need?
Full winter kit for hiking in to the working area, packed lunch, hot drink, clothing to keep you warm while watching demonstrations, metal snow shovel, avalanche probe, working avalanche transceiver (3 antenna).
How long is this course?
We aim to spend a full day on the mountain, out at 09.00 and back by 17.30.
You will learn to quickly put in to place an immediate search plan utilising yourself or your buddies, ready for a transceiver search either on skis, board, or foot, following current methodology and search techniques.
You will learn coarse and fine transceiver search techniques and ways to ensure better accuracy of transceiver search as well as salient points of electronic search aids and some pitfalls.
You will learn strategic digging and companion recovery techniques that are widely taught throughout the the world following current international guidelines, this is as important as the initial search phase.