RECREATIONAL AVALANCHE TRAINING
New for 2017-2018 Season
Overview of Recreational Courses
Starting in fall 2017, there will be a split in the recreational and professional course progression. The recreational track is designed for new and experienced backcountry users looking to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. The recreational courses are certificate of completion (no certification and no pass or fail at the end of a course), as have been in the past for AIARE Level 1 and 2. In order to qualify for the professional level track, one needs to complete some or all of the three recreational courses first.
Overall the changes will benefit the backcountry travelers in a few ways. The stand-alone eight hour Companion Rescue course can be taken before or after an AIARE Level 1 course which doubles the companion rescue training time than in the past and will include more scenario training and practice. AIARE Level 1 will now include more field on route planning, terrain management, and hazard evaluation time, as 4-6 hours of field time in the past were needed to cover Companion Rescue. AIARE Level 2 has been redesigned to meet the needs of advanced recreational students including more time spent on route planning, terrain management, and hazard evaluation with a little less emphasis on SWAG terminology and professional standards.
Designed for both new and experienced backcountry users looking to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills
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