If you were thinking about joining ski patrol, March is the perfect time to contact the patrol director at your favorite ski resort to talk about joining their ski patrol.
Why now you may ask? Typically the spring time is when patrols will take new candidates on the hill to give them a ski test and discuss what the requirements are to join the ski patrol at that ski resort. Each ski resort has different requirements to join their ski patrol.
Following are the typical steps to join ski patrol
- Contact the patrol director by phone or in person (NO EMAIL) at the resort(s) you are interested in joining their ski patrol. The best way to do this is just walk into the first aid room and ask to talk the patrol director about joining their ski patrol.
- If you have not yet contacted the patrol director by phone or in person then go back to step 1.
- Make sure you understand what the requirements are to join ski patrol at that mountain.
- Also note that the requirements to join your 2nd or 3rd favorite ski resort may be easier than your first choice.
- Ask to meet the patrollers at the resort and spend a day skiing with patroller. This will give you an idea what a typical day is for ski patrol and you will get an idea if you think you will fit in with the members of this ski patrol.
- If you are already a First Responder, EMT-B, paramedic, nurse, physician assistant, or medical doctor, you may only need to take the National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) challenge tests.
- If you have no previous medical training, the patrol director may tell you that their resort requires all ski patrollers to complete either or both an EMT-B and/or OEC class.
- Note, If you join your local volunteer fire department / rescue squad, you will probably be able to take an EMT-B class for FREE. Contact the fire chief at your local fire/rescue departments to determine how to become a member. Also note that it can take a few months to get through the paper work to join a volunteer fire and rescue department.
My personal recommendation is to join a local volunteer fire department rescue squad to become a volunteer EMT-B. Running medical calls during the summer keeps your medical skills up for ski patrol Outdoor Emergency Care during the winter months.
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If you have any questions just ask.