Originally Posted by catskills
Now is a perfect time to talk to the Patrol Director about joing for next season. The Patrol Director will probably want to see your ski skills. The fact that you have past EMT training should put you at the top of the list for next year.
After joining a patrol you will probably say its the best decission you ever made. The comraderie, close friendships, and rewards of helping people in need make all the hard work worth it. It also give you a good reason to get to the mountain early for first tracks.
It takes about 3 years experience before you become a good patroller. The patrol will have a lot of training invested in you during those first 3 years. If you stick it out for 7 years your probably in for life.
What he said. If you can commit the time, The rewards are emormous.
Every patrol is different, but they usually look for expert ski skills if you don't have a medical background, but since you have that, they'll take the time to get your skiing up to snuff if it's not there already. With or without the EMT, it usually takes the better part of a winter for the medical training, it's basically EMT-B with an outdoor bent. Talk to the local patrol director now, so maybe they cn get some prereq stuff done over the summer. Go for it.
PS- Catskill, do we know each other?