The Introduction to Companion Rescue class teaches you the skills needed to rescue a buried avalanche victim. You learn search techniques and how to effectively use your rescue gear, how to manage a group and work together as a team. We’ll cover common mistakes made during rescues and what to do once a buried partner is uncovered.
Hands-on practice is key when it comes to learning these skills. We spend the majority of this course on snow practicing with your rescue equipment and going through rescue scenarios. We have a 6:1 student to instructor ratio to make sure that each student receives coaching on their technique and the opportunity to run through multiple scenarios.
You must have a beacon, shovel, probe (and headlamp). Dress warm and bring the pack and contents you would normally have with you when you head into the backcountry for a day. We will be moving around on foot so you do not need to bring your skis, snowmobiles, snowboards or snowshoes.
This course does not qualify as an 8-hour Avalanche Rescue Course prerequisite required for Professional 1 courses.