Outdoor Emergency Care - This is the the first step in becoming a Ski Patroller. It is a sequenced, competency-based program that prepares candidate patrollers without previous first aid or EMT training to handle emergency care problems encountered in the nonurban setting. The knowledge "and skills learned are oriented toward the wilderness environment, with special emphasis on ski
and snowboard injuries, high-altitude and cold-weather illness, wilderness extrications, and the special equipment needed for emergency care and transportation in the outdoor environment. Students are required to participate in comprehensive lessons with skill and scenario application,
take a final written exam, and demonstrate their skills and knowledge in final scenarios.

Fall 2018 OEC - Class is scheduled to run beginning in August through November. Classes will be held at Life Ambulance in Grand Rapids Thursday nights from 6:30pm - 10:00pm.

Because of the fast pace, no one will be admitted to the class after it begins.

This year we will be teaching from the 5th Edition of the OEC Manual (See below). Because of the added content, and fast pace of the class, candidates will be expected to have their book before the first day of class, and to have read the chapters we will be covering that night.

Let me know if you know of anyone interested and I will send them information on how to purchase their textbook. They could even get a jump start on their reading this summer if they want. The book includes a combined text and workbook.

2018 Class calendar [here]

5th Edition OEC Manual All patrollers may now place orders for the OEC 5th edition by going through the NSP website (

  • Log on
  • Click “Member Services” Link
  • Click “OEC 5th Edition” Link
  • Your approval Code: “NSPM” is needed to receive your 27% discount.
  • Follow instructions to order the book

NOTE: Do NOT become a Brady member because you will not receive the 25% discount if you do.

The book purchase will provide you access to MyNSPKit for all student materials; an access code will be printed on the inside front cover. The price for a printed copy through the Brady website is $65.60 plus sales tax. (Note that the price on Brady's website will read $87.47, the book's retail price; the NSP discount will appear upon checkout, after you redeem your coupon “NSPM”.) There is free shipping on orders of less than 50 copies.

eBook options - The OEC Fifth Edition e-book is also available via Coursesmart. The cost is $44.00 for an 18-month subscription. This is not a download, but an 18 month subscription to access the book. Please go to and register for your e-book subscription as a student if you are interested in this option.

Kindle Version - The Outdoor Emergency Care Fifth Edition is available to be downloaded in Kindle format from Amazon [here]

Nook Version - The 5th ed. OEC Manual is also available, along with the study guide, in Nook eBook format from Barnes & Noble.

Note: eBook Pricing is set between publishers and distributers, and there are no member discounts.

OEC Refresher at Cannonsburg will be held in October for OEC and Chairlift Evacuation.

Other Fall Refresher Training Opportunities - Please remember: Critical to taking a refresher elsewhere is you MUST contact and receive DOCUMENTED APPROVAL (email) from the area at which you want to attend. The sooner you make a decision of where you are going, the better, because Crystal and Caberfae allow a limited number of outsiders. Be certain to take your documented approval to the refresher because we have had patrollers in past years turned away.

If you have questions or are unable to receive approval, please contact Matt Chapman and he will assist. Other areas out of our Region can be found on the division website calendar.(Region Web Site)

Day Location Contact E-mail
TBD Borgess Section I Jen Squires
TBD Caberfae Tim Kirch
TBD Crystal Mountain Gregg Hoppe

Candidate On-The-Hill Training - We have a limited time window to train with Toboggans on Sunday mornings, so we need to strictly adhere to the following schedule:

  • 8.30am - Brief on morning training and to split into groups.
  • 8.45am - On the hill stretching, waiting to load the lift.
  • 9.00am - Begin toboggan training.

Practice your transitions, side slips, and traverses when ever possible on your shift. Ask your shift captain if there are any qualified toboggan trainers on that shift that are willing to give you some toboggan training. And most of all, have fun.

Advanced Training - Ski, toboggan and OEC enhancement seminars; courses in instructor development, avalanche awareness and rescue, and mountain travel and rescue are all scheduled through Central Division. Click [here] for a schedule.

Senior Program Evaluation - Cannonsburg Patrollers in pursuit of Senior status must attend the clinics and successfully complete the clinics and evaluations outlined in paragraphs 1 and 2 below; however these need NOT be completed all in the same season. Events outlined in paragraph 3 are open to all region patrollers, as well as qualifying as electives for Senior Candidates. Often these have limited openings, and Senior Candidates should lock in their seats early.

1. Senior Emergency Management (SEM). This is the First Aid portion for Senior:

  • SEM Clinic, in early January
  • Weekly practice sessions
  • SEM Evaluation, in March
2. Senior Alpine ski/board/toboggan. This is the "On The Hill" portion for Senior
  • Senior Alpine Hill Warm-up - Given in late January is a prerequisite for the Senior Alpine Evaluation.
  • Bump Clinic - A clinic on how to handle toboggan in bumps, normally given the day before the Senior Alpine Hill Eval, is not a must, but a good idea to attend if you are taking the Senior Hill Evaluation.
  • Senior Alpine Hill Eval, Normally in late February at an area hill (one must have attended the Warm-up clinic to qualify for the eval)

3. Senior Electives - Senior candidates must complete three electives from the approved courses listed in chapter 17 of the National Ski Patrol Policies and Procedures Manual. Approved courses include Instructor Development, Mountain Travel and Rescue, Avalanche Safety and Rescue, Skiing and Toboggan Enhancement Seminars, Attaining NSP Instructor, or Instructor Trainer status in any discipline, etc ...

4. Getting started - Hal Froot coordinates the Senior Program for Cannonsburg. If you are ready to take the next step, or if you need more information, contact Hal. Being a Senior is about showing leadership, initiative, and good time management. So mark up your calendars, reserve your spots, and make it happen!


Central Division Senior Program Manual [here].
National Ski Patrol Policies and Procedures Manual

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