Companion Rescue Course – During winter conditions 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.
Avalanche Transceiver Course – Are provided all year round, we use a variety of non mountain venues in Snowdonia and on Anglesey.
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Who is this course suitable for?
The 2 Day Course is ideal for those completely new to avalanche transceiver search and companion rescue skills.
The 1 Day Courses are great for those with previous experience or formal training, and are great as technique, skills refresher and to learn about new developments in technology or methodology of search.
All modules are 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.
What Will I Learn?
You will learn how to use your avalanche transceiver to search for an avalanched companion, allowing you to use your avalanche probe to find and mark their location before starting an effective digging plan to recover them. By their nature the courses are very practical, focusing on the current methods of transceiver search using coarse signal search, broad, fine and pinpoint search techniques for single and multiple burials. During the course you will have plenty of time to practice the techniques in a stress free and hopefully fun learning environment, allowing you to develop confidence in yourself, your equipment and importantly confidence in those taking part in the course with you.
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 6:1 due to the in-depth nature of the day.
What kit do I need?
Mountain Based Winter Courses – 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).
Non winter avalanche transceiver search courses – working avalanche transceiver (3 antenna), clothing and footwear for the forecast weather in a non mountain environment.
How long is this course?
1 Day Companion Rescue – We aim to spend a full day on the mountain, out at 09.00 and back by 17.30.
1 Day Avalanche Transceiver Search – 09:00 – 16:30