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Open House 2023/24
The open house and registration will be held at the Sandman Hotel & Suites, 2130 Harvey Ave, Kelowna Sep 6, 2023 at 7pm.
At the open house we will be presenting information about the first aid training course, on-snow training and what patrolling is all about. We will cover the benefits and expectations of ski patrolling. After the presentation, veteran patrollers and returning recruits will be on-hand to answer questions about their patrolling experience.
Attending the open house is recommended but not mandatory.
You will be able to register for the 2023/24 training course and patrol season at the open house. You will also be able to register online. Online registration opens Sep 1, 2023.
CSP Advanced First Aid Course
Training starts Sep 14, 2023. If you have recent first aid training (OFA3, Wilderness First Aid, doctors, paramedics, fire fighters, EMR, nurses, etc.) please attend the first returning patroller class on Sep 12, 2023.
Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Classes are held at the Ukrainian Catholic Church 1091 Coronation Ave, Kelowna. In-class sessions start with a quick review of the assigned reading and online training after which we will put the material into practice.
Lift Evacuation Training and On-hill Scenarios
The lift evacuation and onhill scenario training is Oct 21st & 22nd. Lift evacuation training consists of two evacuations – one where you are being evacuated off the lift and one where you are evacuating your fellow patrollers from the lift. The remainder of the day is filled with patient assessment, diagnostic and treatment scenarios in the great outdoors. Long grass, creeks, water logged terrain, sticks, twigs, logs and uneven ground add a new dimension to performing first aid and will challenge your problem solving skills.
The next phase of becoming a patroller is the on-snow training which takes place over two consecutive weekends after the hill opens officially; tentatively Dec 2/3 and 9/10. We will have a lot to cover in these four days so please make yourselves available.
You’ve passed all your exams and proven your on-snow skills. You are now ready to patrol. You will be teamed up with an experienced patroller for your first several shifts. This is your opportunity to extract as much “local knowledge” as possible. You will quickly gain confidence with some supervised “first-ins” and soon be patrolling independently.