Certified Avalanche Level One – SAR

Avalanche Level 1 for Search and Rescue

Taught by A3 Certified Avalanche Instructor and A3 Professional Member
A3 Avalanche Level 1 Course Curriculum is
Certified and Approved by the 
American Avalanche Association 

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3 Days / 24 Plus Hours / 60% Fieldwork/ $450.00
Lodging Available at Mt Shasta in SWS Mountain Guides Bunk House
for Private Groups with full Kitchen sleeps 12 / add $175.00 per night
Call for availablity and reservations for your SAR group.
Avalanche Level 1 course digs a pit on snow slope Mt Shasta California
Our Certified A3 Avalanche Level 1 for Search and Rescue is a specially designed program for SAR volunteers and professionals that are looking to operate in avalanche terrain.  What seperates this course out from others is we have adapted our A3 approved Avalanche  Level 1 curriculum to address issues that are specific to SAR volunteers and professionals.  Group management, scene management, mechanized travel over snow, and beaconless recovery are all special issues address in the course that you will find in no other level one.
Through years of avalanche education we have found that all SAR team members need a basic avalanche education but one that is more specific to the type of travel and type of operations they perform in avalanche terrain.  This program is available for people who don't ski and also addresses concerns specific to team members who might be traveling via snowmobile and/or snowcat.
A3 Avalanche Level 1 Course is the basic foundation for understanding avalanche hazards and developing safe travel practices in avalanche terrain.  This course contains over 26  hours of instruction comprised of classroom lecture, video, discussion, and a minimum of at least 16 plus hours of fieldwork. Our courses are designed for all types of backcountry travelers, snowshoers, backcountry skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, ski patrol, and mountain guides. We use a variety of systems to learn how to evaluate avalanche hazards and to develop “your avalanche judgment.”The goal of the Avalanche Level 1 Course is for students to learn the basics of snow mechanics, avalanche hazards, the metamorphosis of slab formation, and appropriate terrain selection plus the basics of avalanche equipment use.  Our Avalanche Level 1 Course is taught through lectures, and presentation is giving the student a necessary foundation and understanding of the nature of avalanches and avalanche hazards.

Avalanche Level 1 Curriculum

Over half our time during this course (60% plus) is outside in the field for a series of hands-on observation tours, practical exercises and field studies to learn how to put this knowledge to work in the “real world.”  Outdoor segments will focus on proper techniques for a variety of information gathering techniques and provide opportunities to “read” the snow in real life situations.  Get hands-on with our staff in selecting proper terrain and making decisions that could save lives, one of which could be your own.

Our instructor staff is composed of the combination of certified avalanche instructors, ski patrollers, and professional backcountry ski and splitboard guides.  All of our staff members have real-world avalanche experience from years of guiding around the world.  They will be your instructors in some of the most critical hands-on learning that you could ever do.

Departure: Mt. Shasta, California
Group Size: 6-12 clients -- Larger groups give us a call
Instructor to Client Ratio: 1:6
Prerequisites: Strongly Recommended: 1. Winter Travel and First Aid Skills,
2. Avalanche Awareness Program such as “Know before you go” or similar 3. Course provider’s recommended reading
Questions: Give Tim a call at 888.797.6867

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