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Does anybody know where I can take an OEC course in the summer that's located in Vermont?
post #2 of 13

Check the NSP website.  The Snow King patrol is starting one in JH this week.

post #3 of 13
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Where's JH?
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Where's JH?

Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Little local hill near Snow King.
post #5 of 13
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That's not close to vt.
post #6 of 13

I know and it's not summer.  On the NSP website, you can probably find a list of OEC instructors.  You might be able to contact a few of them directly and see if a course could be put together.  It would help if you had a group of committed people who wanted to do it.  The OEC course is a pain to put on and a commitment to complete.  Our course starts this week and ends around Thanksgiving.

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Little local hill near Snow King.

Snow King is not so little except that it is near JHMR.  I believe that it is the steepest ski hill in North America and has ~1,500 vert.  I've always thought that if Snow King or Apre Vous were magically transported east and dropped somewhere in north central PA it would instantly become a destination resort for the whole Mid Atlantic. 

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If you're located near a community college it might actually be easier to take EMT. EMTs can challenge the OEC test, and the certification is useful in other areas than ski patrol especially if you get national certification.

The protocols are pretty similar, with EMT being somewhat more comprehensive medically, and OEC being somewhat more field/patrol oriented.

Edit: http://healthvermont.gov/hc/ems/class_schedule.aspx
https://www.uvm.edu/~cnhs/rems/?Page=emt-training.php&SM=sm-training.html
post #10 of 13

Doesn't the ski area patrol itself put on the OEC course?  It's in their vested interest to put out a quality patroller.  When I did the OEC, it was through the local ski area (Pebble Creek, ID).  And there were several EMT's that thought they'd get a free pass through OEC training, and quit when they found out it counted for nothing.  There was classroom and on hill training.

post #11 of 13
^I guess it depends on the patrol. Not to contradict your experience, but NSP, who basically administer OEC, says that EMTs can challenge the OEC test:
http://www.nsp.org/eduprograms/oeccourseandchall.aspx

But patrols can set their own standards. Where I work, EMT-B is the standard, OEC candidates have to work up to that.
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Where's JH?

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post #13 of 13
One can also take the book portion of the OEC online.
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