The Senior Program is designed for NSP members who aspire to the upper levels of skiing/snowboarding and Outdoor Emergency Care proficiency. It provides a forum in which patrollers can enhance personal skiing/snowboarding and toboggan-handling proficiency, improve their ability to manage OEC scenarios, and expand their patrolling knowledge and skills. The Senior Program is also excellent preparation for patrollers looking to move into leadership or teaching roles in the NSP. The Senior designation signifies that a patroller has the skills to be an effective first responder at any ski resort they happen to be visiting in their home region.
The Senior Program consists of core and elective requirements designed for Alpine patrollers, Nordic patrollers, and other patrollers, with variations for each discipline.
For Alpine and Nordic Patrollers, the Senior evaluation process consists of three components that each can be evaluated and passed separate from the others, in any order. The skill challenges are:
Senior OEC / Senior Emergency Management - ability to manage the scene and resources involved in rendering first aid in a difficult scenario.
Senior Skiing or Riding - ability to respond to any in-area slope in any snow or weather condition in a timely manner with control and confidence.
Senior Toboggan - ability to safely drive and belay a toboggan down any in-area slope in any snow or weather condition with control and confidence.
Each component is administered by a different Program Supervisor and Instructor/Evaluators trained for that discipline. Accordingly, each component has a separate schedule and registration process as explained in detail, below.
The Senior Ski and Toboggan evaluation traditionally happens once a year on the first weekend in March. It alternates between being hosted by the Northern Region and the Southern Region. For 2017, we appreciate Snow King Mountain Resort for being our host. Please watch this space to see the date and location for the 2018 Senior S&T.
The Ski and Toboggan evaluations are separate from each other and in this division, both are conducted the same day. Candidates are assigned to be evaluated for one skill in the morning and the other skill in the afternoon. You can pass one skill (S or T) without passing the other. If you pass one, you will have three seasons to pass the other before the skill you passed expires and needs to be evaluated again.
The Senior S&T day has limited capacity and so for those that have not passed either part of the exam, allocation of evaluation slots is first come, first served. If you have passed one part (S or T) without passing the other, you will also have priority in being registered to be evaluated for the part you are missing. Because other patrollers will likely be precluded from participating, the registration fee to attend S&T is not refundable. If you say you are coming, we want you to have skin in the game.
As soon as the location and date is finalized for 2018, the registration link will be posted here.
Intermountain Division OEC Module of the Senior Program Evaluation
Thinking about registering for this season's OEC Module of the Senior Program Evaluation? There’s a lot of work you’ll need to do to get ready, and it’s important that you understand the level of commitment that’s required for your success.
Here’s a rundown on the steps you’ll need to take to prepare:
- Download and complete the IMD Senior Candidate Application (see “Forms” below). Your patrol director will need to sign the application.
- Download, review and plan for the completion of the OECMSP Candidate Checklist (see “Forms” below) and all of the steps outlined on the checklist.
- Download, review and plan for the completion of the OEC Basic Skills Performance Check-Off Form (see “Forms” below).
- Obtain The Ski Patroller’s Manual (14th edition) if you don’t have a copy already.
- Determine who on your patrol serves as your patrol’s Senior Training Coordinator—this patroller (an OEC IT or OEC instructor is recommended) will work with you to plan and coordinate the training activities you will engage in to prepare for the SROEC evaluation.
- You must be a current NSP member and hold a current certification as OEC technician. (We’ll need copies from you before you are able to participate in the evaluation).
- You will need to bring a patient with you to the Evaluation. Your patient must be an experienced patroller—you’ll need to provide your patient’s name and contact information several weeks in advance of the evaluation.
- You will need to complete and submit Written Scenario Exercises (this involves writing essay answers to two scenario problems described in Appendix G of The Ski Patroller’s Manual).
- Write and submit a new senior-level OEC scenario. A senior-level OEC scenario blank, the scenario scoring matrix, a “how to” guide to scenario content, and a sample senior-level scenario are provided below under “Forms.”
- Participate as leader in a minimum of 4 senior-level OEC practice scenarios. (Completion is documented on the bottom of the OEC Basic Skills Performance Check-Off Form).
- You must have a minimum of one ski season of experience at patroller level before you are eligible for the final SROEC evaluation.
- Once you have your patrol director's approval and have started your training, register for the SROEC on the IMD web site and mail you check for the registration fee as directed
Sound like a lot? That’s BECAUSE IT IS!
Senior OEC is an essential component of the NSP’s senior program, and is tailor made for members who aspire to perform at the upper levels of proficiency as patrollers. This process will help you to develop and enhance your decision making, problem management and leadership skills. If you’re willing to work hard throughout the season to prepare, your success is in your own hands.
The Senior OEC / Senior Emergency Management evaluation traditionally happens once a year on the last weekend in February. It alternates between being hosted by the Northern Region and the Southern Region. For 2017, we appreciate the Pomerelle Ski Resort and Ski Patrol for being our host. Please watch this space to see the date and location for the 2018 Senior OEC.
The Senior OEC evaluation day has limited capacity and so allocation of evaluation slots is first come, first served. Because other patrollers will likely be precluded from participating, the registration fee to attend Senior OEC is not refundable. If you say you are coming, we want you to have skin in the game.
Watch this space. As soon as the location and date is finalized for 2018, the registration link will be posted here.
Forms: (Click on the form to download)
The core and elective components for senior candidates are:
Senior Patroller Core Requirements: (Applies to all Patrollers - Alpine, Nordic and Auxilliary)
a. Senior Emergency Management (Senior OEC)
b. Level I Avalanche course (IMD requirement)
1. Alpine Senior (ski/snowboard) candidates
c. Alpine skiing/snowboarding and toboggan handling (Senior S&T)
d. Two electives from the senior elective list
2. Nordic Senior candidates
c. Toboggan construction and handling
d. Nordic skiing and endurance
e. Mountain Travel and Rescue 2
f. Two electives from the senior elective list
3. Auxilliary Senior candidates
c. Three electives from the senior elective list
Note that Senior Auxilliary Patrollers that later pass Basic Alpine Ski and Toboggan become Basic Alpine Patrollers.
While the elective requirements have been met, you must test again on the core requirements of both Senior Emergency Management (Senior OEC) and Senior Alpine skiing/snowboarding and toboggan handling (Senior S&T)
Senior elective list (Any NSP education courses as approved by the NSP Board of Directors qualify for senior electives.)
1. Education Courses
a. Instructor Development course
b. Mountain Travel and Rescue Fundamentals course or Mountain Travel and Rescue 1 course
c. Mountain Travel and Rescue 2 course (required/not an elective for senior nordic candidates)
d. Avalanche Level II course
f. Avalanche Foundation School didactic sessions
g. Avalanche Foundation School field sessions
h. Skiing Enhancement Seminar
i. Ski Trainer’s Workshop
j. Toboggan Enhancement Seminar
k. Any NSP educational course approved in the future
2. Leadership & Proficiency Courses
a. Patroller Enrichment Seminar
b. NSP instructor status (any discipline)
c. NSP instructor trainer appointment (any discipline)
d. Pass Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Certified Instructor Level II Exam
e. Pass Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Certified Instructor Level III Exam
f. CPR Instructor for ARC, AHA or NSC
g. NSP leadership module, course, or equivalent course approved by the board of directors