Great question...here's what I know:
- About half the class passed the tobaggon and on-hill ski skills test last spring so for them, the OEC was the 2nd half of their training.
- The other half of us conducted our training in the 'traditional' cycle and are now about to conduct the on-hill and tobaggon training. Because we're OEC/CPR certified, our local protocol is that we can patrol, conduct OEC and do everything except tobaggon transportation.
As such, the medical training continues on-hill and conceptually, never really completes itself since we're always learning from the Seniors/Pro's and luckily, the mostly EMT staff we have.
Having passed yesterday, it's been pretty interesting to think-back on the testing and listen to the feedback provided. While I am pleased with my knowledge and performance (and, I'd say that's true of all my classmates), I recognize that there are a number of things that would have likely been performed better, more efficiently, with more authority, etc...and look forward to putting my new-learned skills to practice if the situation ever arises.
Ideally, it would be a superb winter if all I ever had to do was ski around, help people enjoy their experiences more and never had to use anything I've learned in OEC. And, it's great to know that I'm prepared (at least at a base level) to assist someone if they need my help.