AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in avalanche rescue techniques and gear.
New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics, multiple burials, and realistic scenarios to help improve their skills after the course. Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching and instruction throughout the course.
AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 and Pro 1 courses. AIARE recommends that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue Course and receiving a rescue card at least every other year.
Student learning outcomes
At the end of the Avalanche Rescue course the student should be able to:
Describe what to do if they or a member of their party is caught in an avalanche
Identify and be able to use gear necessary for avalanche rescue.
Set up a realistic scenario in order to practice an avalanche rescue response.
Improve their response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers.
Develop a plan for continued practice
Identify potential patient care considerations from avalanche burial or involvement
Prepare for self evacuation and communication with outside resources
Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate backcountry equipment for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites.
Tahoe Mountain School provides the use of Ortovox avalanche safety gear (backpack, beacon, probe, and shovel) included in the course price if needed.