Advanced Patroller School

There is a Patroller event ocurring on Saturday, October 3rd at Bristol Mountain, South of Canandaigua, NY, from 8:00am-5:00pm.  It is the Advanced Patroller School, aka Patroller Boot Camp.  And I would like to let the patrols in your respective Regions know about this event.

For those not familiar with the boot camp, it is an event, open to all Patrollers, where we cover/discuss/practice many different areas related to patrolling. We typically will cover chair evac, work on some complicated first aid problems involving multiple injuries, extrication and evacuation of the IP’s, avalanche work with beacon searches, discuss patrol management issues, and risk management situations, and whatever else we can dream up. We cover/practice low angle rope rescue techniques, even throwing in some ascension on occasion. We improvise, adapt and do whatever is needed to meet the objective of the scenario. We do this in a fun, low pressure environment, with no titles. At this event we have had Basic Patrollers to Certified Patrollers attend, but we all bring something to the table, and we all are there to learn from each other. We are there to learn and become better Patrollers through cross pollinating of ideas, from all over the Division.

We work hard, get dirty and bloody (our first aid problems are fully moulaged). We always have good food, and the occasional adult beverage. We celebrate with old friends, and make new ones in the process. We have had at this event in the past Patrollers from New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania. If you are interested in learning some new skills and techniques in ways that you may have never considered then this clinic is for you. If you are new to patrolling, you will be amazed at what you will learn. If you’re a Senior candidate, you will get practice on complicated OEC scenarios, and some new ways to look at those scenarios and patrolling as a whole. If you are a Certified candidate, we will give you practice on OEC, and touch on a lot of things you are interested in focusing on.

This is a one day event. Hopefully we will be able to expand it back to a weekend long event next year. You’ll learn stuff, have fun, make new friends, and walk away being a better patroller for your mountain, because of what you will learn. The only pre-requisite is a desire to learn and share and participate. Unlike many NSP events you have attended, we self-instruct, working together to share ideas and creatively solve some of the more challenging problems a patroller can face.

There is a limit of 30 patrollers at this event.  Because this event will fill up and close out, pre-registration is required.  Patrollers can contact Jeff Baker, for the registration packet.  There is a charge of $20, and we are asking that everyone bring a dish to pass.



Tom Wallin
Swain Ski Patrol

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