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OEC Day 2

post #1 of 10
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Not sure if anyone is really going to care about what happens on a week-to-week basis, but, I'm willing to share my experiences and thoughts regarding OEC training, if you're interested.

OK, so, here's what happened on Day 2 (I missed Day 1 due to a work conflict):

Found out that OEC isn't a prerequisite for actually doing on-hill training. Several members of the class (about 15) are actually "old-bie's" from last year...wish I'd have known that.

Very interesting mix of folks, about half are 21 or under, the other half are 45 and above. NO ONE in between. I guess, much like me, people have done their thing while in college, built their careers or companies and are now looking around at how to stoke their passions.

The "training" was pretty basic. As a former college professor I really wish the preparation had been such that it wasn't "reading from the book", but, I bet it gets better because the teachers are committed to the patrol and clearly know their stuff. They'll get better at teaching from their experience instead of teaching form the book, soon.

As for the content...MAN, lots of details. I need to know the names of all those bones? Ugggh! Although, I do think it'll be valuable to know what types of organs are behind the areas of the body I'm evaluating...likely, this is going to be a pretty fun part of what goes on.

OK, so, next week we go over patient evaluations and how to approach injured skiers in the wild. And they warned us, no skirts without panties (not sure why they were looking at me when there were three Scottish guys sitting right next to me, but none-the-less, I figure it's part of the hazing initiation).

Oh, and...what a purple paripism used for anyway?

More to follow...please add your experiences, if you see fit.
post #2 of 10
I to am becoming a patroller, look forward to the training. to give you an answer to your comment about the age differance. it is probably due to the fact that the older group have been raising kids and now they are more self suffcient
post #3 of 10
Each region is different. Our next class has about 20 folks, most in teens and twenties.

As a former professor you are a professional teacher and have developed teaching skills, remember most of the insturctors from NSP are volenteers and the only experience they have is teaching OEC. Even so there are some excellent, dedicated people out there.

The book is huge and contains a lot of good material and if aren't medical you don't stand a chance of recognizing half of what you are going to read about. But don't fret, you have to remember that most of the care is basicly the same for each type of injury. Also you don't have to diagnose what the injury is, you just have to be able to recognize the nature of the injury and react accordingly. Hence, I believe, Patient Assessment is the most important part of the whole program. And I have no idea why the instructor would even discuss skirts, interesting comment. However, if you do one thing out of this course, get used to patient assessment, remember the order of the process you go through to assess people, ABC, AVPU, SAMPLE are all critical.

Finally, please understand, that learning from a book for 100+ hours is nothing like your first accident. It takes a few years to develop into an effective patroller. That's why most patrols have on hill training after the course. To assist you in the transition.

The best part of the NSP system is the system wants you to be successful. People will spend hours of their time helping to make sure you make it. And when you join your associated patrol on your mountain, you will be part of something that can be the most fun you've ever had with your clothes on (kilts encluded.)
post #4 of 10
Well I'm taking my first step. I'm heading out in a few min.to my first EMT class. Twice a week 5:30 - 10:00 through mid- December.
Should be an interesting few months.
post #5 of 10
Originally Posted by Bryan View Post
Finally, please understand, that learning from a book for 100+ hours is nothing like your first accident. It takes a few years to develop into an effective patroller.
I agree with this 100%. I remember when I first started teaching (elementary school). I remembered what I had learned at college and student teaching but it takes a couple of years to find your own style and what works for you. The more you practice your skills the better you will become. You can read the book all you want but there is no substitute for on the job training/experience.
That being said I am also enrolled in OEC and was very overwhelmed the first couple weeks of class. However, the more we do skills practice in class I recall what I have read/learned and I'm not feeling as lost as I did before.
post #6 of 10
Hi fellow OEC trainees. Sounds like you folks started early. My first class was last Friday. There are about 2 people in the class from age 16 to 50's. I am 35. It will be tough to keep up with all the reading (3 kids at home and 2 jobs), but doable, and worth it. It will be an interesting fall/winter.
post #7 of 10
Mine doesnt start until monday. Should be an interesting class. While I am not taking it to become a patroller, I feal that it will be nice to have, especially if there is an accident while I am shooting.

It might be nice, to keep a discussion of notes going here, to help us all learn.
post #8 of 10
You guys are so lucky to have a local OEC class available. It's such a fight to get training here in BFE... we don't have anybody currently certified to teach the class and our patrol director is working to rectify that, but it won't be for a couple of months. I feel like I've been beating my head against a wall trying to learn what I need to know on the hill.

Thanks for posting your experiences with the class, and I look forward to reading more.
post #9 of 10

There are electronic training classes available. Contact national for more information. Education assisatant is Elizabeth Mason. emason@nsp.org
post #10 of 10
OMFG, Bryan, that is SO COOL. Thanks a million!!!!
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