INTRODUCTION TO PATROLLING (PATROLLER 101)
This Introduction to Ski Patrolling course identifies seven modules that need to be completed during the initial patroller-training period. It is recognized that this may not be a complete set of modules for some ski areas of the country. The objectives were developed to include minimum training objectives. Resort management may require additional aspects of training, and/or skill levels based on local needs. The training objectives can be implemented at any ski area in the country, regardless of terrain or location.
- Module 1 Risk Management
- Module 2 Adapting to the Outdoor Environment
- Module 3 Toboggan Handling
- Module 4 Scene Management/Incident Command System
- Module 5 Rope and Belay Skills
- Module 6 The National Ski Patrol, Ski Area Management, and the Role of the Volunteer Patroller
- Module 7 Guest Service
Introduction to Ski Patrolling is an area-specific course that should be managed and monitored by the patrol director or NSP patrol representative to ensure the outcomes desired by area management.
Benefits of Introduction to Patrolling are:
- A registered Patroller 101 course ensures that your patrol’s toboggan trainers are covered under the NSP’s general liability policy while instructing your candidates.
- A simple spreadsheet can help you better track your candidates’ progress through training.
- Your candidates will receive the same messages about essential topics as other candidates throughout the country.
- Your candidates will get a well-rounded patroller education. The training curriculum provides instruction in the fundamental skills needed to perform entry-level patrolling duties.
Basic Teaching Modules are:
- Risk Management
- Adapting to the Outdoor Environment
- Toboggan Handling
- Scene Management / Incident Command System
- Rope and Belay Skills
- The National Ski Patrol, Ski Area Management, and the Role of the Volunteer Patroller.
- Guest Services
Presented as a modular approach, this course should be supplemented by area-specific training in policy, procedure, practice, and equipment.
How to get started:
- Register for the course. Go to www.nsp.org “Member services” – log in to “Register a course” Course type = “Introduction to ski patrolling” the IOR can be an instructor from any discipline.
- Have candidates sign a waiver; a copy can be found in the Introduction to Patrolling manual ( Intro to Ski Patrolling Manual) or the Central Division Policy and Procedures Manual (CD P&P) , or you can use an area-specific waiver.
- Teach the modules and area-specific topics – You can find teaching ideas in the Introduction to Patrolling manual. (Intro to Ski Patrolling Manual)
- You can track your candidates’ progress with a simple spreadsheet. Here is an example: (P101 check list)
- 5 . Close the course. Course completion records can be sent to the National Ski Patrol Office by hard copy or mail .
- 6 . Give the candidates certificates of completion. These will be sent to you when you register for the course.
Note: If you wish to use any of the modules as continuing education for current patrollers, it is unnecessary to register for the course.
Introduction to Patrolling is a great way to introduce your new patrollers to the core aspects of patrolling!