Avalanche Rescue & 1st Aid
Our unique 2-day Companion Rescue course includes training on Wilderness First Aid topics specific to avalanche victims – cold injuries, trauma and transport considerations in winter environment. Avalanche Rescue and First aid combined are essential skills required to respond effectively to an avalanche incident. Ideal for Skiers, snowboarders and Mountaineers who want to strengthen their ability to perform a quick and efficient rescue and work on their Avalanche Rescue skills.
- Our unique Companion Rescue Course is is designed to provide a solid foundation of Avalanche Rescue techniques and Wilderness First Aid protocols for recreational travelers who may need to respond to an avalanche involving members of their own, or nearby groups. All techniques taught reflect the most recent developments and research in the Avalanche Rescue and Wilderness First Aid industries. Our Companion Rescue Course follows the curriculum and guidelines set by Avalanche Canada. Of course, we also ensure that the skills taught are appropriate to recreational skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, and snowshoers.
- Both days of the Companion Rescue course will be a held in a local outdoor mountain environment. Specific locations will be determined based on current weather and snow conditions, but typically we will use Mount Seymour as it allows for the most effective use of time; or, in the alpine regions behind Whistler/Blackcomb mountains. Alternate locations may be used depending on alpine and weather conditions at the time of the course.
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from field locations. We encourage participants to ride-share and rarely have had any problems with students getting to and from courses, but we cannot guarantee that a ride will be available. If you have any concerns about transportation please contact our office before you register.
Review these documents, and bring completed Waiver and Medical Forms to your program:
Canada West Mountain School Medical and Waiver Form - CWMS Medical & Waiver form
Cancellation and Transfer policy - Cancellation and Transfer Policy
Avalanche Course Gear List - Canada West Mountain School Avalanche Course Gear List