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How To Become a Senior Patroller:


SENIOR PROGRAM:

The Senior Program is designed for NSP members who aspire to the upper levels of skiing/snowboarding and outdoor emergency care proficiency. It provides a forum in which patrollers can enhance personal skiing/snowboarding and toboggan-handling proficiency, improve their ability to manage OEC scenarios, and expand their patrolling knowledge and skills. The Senior Program is also excellent preparation for patrollers looking to move into leadership roles in the NSP.

The Senior Program consists of core and elective requirements. It is designed for Alpine, Nordic, and Basic Patrollers, with variations for each discipline.

Training is an essential part of the program. Senior candidates are expected to spend a significant amount of time reviewing senior criteria and using the required knowledge and skills to practice scenarios on challenging, senior-level terrain under various conditions in the patrolling environment. Senior candidates can also take advantage of clinics in which they receive constructive and corrective feedback on their performance.

Training varies throughout the system, depending on the resources of time, personnel, locations, and equipment, but its purpose is the same in all divisions: to provide suggestions for improvement, an understanding of the required level of performance, and increased awareness of advanced patroller skills.

There are several core modules a patroller needs to take in order to achieve senior status.  Those modules vary depending on the level of senior patroller you are seeking.  Also, depending on the level you are seeking, you will need to complete three to four Senior Electives.  All levels require completion of the Senior Emergency Management Module (SEMM).

 

SENIOR PATROLLER LEVELS

 

·         Senior Patroller (Formerly Senior Auxiliary)

·         Senior Alpine Patroller

·         Senior Nordic Patroller

 

SENIOR OUTDOOR EMERGENCY CARE (SOEC)

 

·         OEC Module for ALL Senior Levels

·         The Senior Outdoor Emergency Care (SOEC) focuses on leadership, problem management and decision making, utilizing the standards in the current OEC manual. SOEC certification is recognition of having successfully completed this leadership course and is not a higher standard of OEC skills. The skills learned promote confidence in dealing with more complicated first aid scenarios involving multiple injuries and patients.

·         Training is done in the outdoor environment on snow, and involves participating in scenarios as a leader and helper. Instructors who are SOEC Trainer Evaluators (TEs) develop the scenarios to cover all aspects of Outdoor Emergency Care, and provide feedback during training sessions.

·         Candidates are required to successfully lead at least 4 scenario problems during the training sessions. Two scenarios from the Patroller's Manual need to be reviewed and have a treatment plan developed in writing. In addition the candidate is required to write an original scenario of Senior Patroller level, following the format in the NSP test banks.

·         The SOEC final evaluation is given at the conclusion of the course. It is conducted on snow and on typical mountain terrain. Candidates lead in one warm up scenario and two evaluation scenarios. Only the leader is evaluated in the scenarios.

·         SOEC candidates are required to complete a SOEC Clinic prior to taking the SOEC Evaluation.  Each year EPA Region holds 2 clinics and 2 evaluations throughout the region.  To register for the SOEC Clinic or Evaluation, you must have completed at least one full season as a patroller and have the permission to register from your patrol director. 

·         To register for the SOEC Clinic or Evaluation go to www.nspepa.org and click on the calendar link.  Once at the Calendar, click on the registration links for the clinic and evaluation you wish to take.  Follow the instructions on the registration page and your paperwork will be emailed to you.

 

SENIOR PATROLLER

 

 SENIOR PATROLLER CORE MODULE

·          Aid Room Management Scenario ARMS

(formerly Patroller Enrichment Seminar PES)

 

Patroller Enrichment Seminar (PES) is no longer a requirement to become a Senior Patroller. Anyone currently working on becoming a Senior Patroller, and has completed PES prior to this date, can still count it as the required elective in lieu of the new scenario requirement.

 

Application of the scenarios can be one of three delivery methods:

·         A dramatic setting, with actors as patients. Including appropriate supplies and furnishings.

·         A review panel discussion of the scenario with the candidate.

·         A detailed, written action plan by the candidate can be reviewed.

 

The chosen delivery method should best meet the needs for the candidates and local patrol.

 

Prerequisites:

·         NSP membership status - Patroller (Auxiliary)

·         Patrol Rep’s Recommendation

·         Senior Candidate Application

 

Time Commitment:

·         Each core component includes local and division training clinics

·         Evaluation clinics - time commitment varies by location

Fees:

·         National - None

·         Division - Varies

·         Cost of Materials

Credential: NSP Certificate of Achievement

Instructor of Record:

·         NSP division-trained senior instructors

·         Division-trained senior evaluators

Required Text: The Ski Patroller's Manual, current edition

Core and Elective Requirements:

·         Aid Room Management Scenario (Patroller Enrichment Seminar)

·         One education course or one leadership course from senior elective list

·         Senior Outdoor Emergency Care

·         Three additional electives from the senior elective list

Maintaining Senior Patroller Status:

·         Continuing education review once every three years (satisfied by fulfilling one of the following requirements):

o    Hold a leadership position

o    Complete an additional senior elective

o    Complete a special project (approved and documented by division leadership supervisor)

o    Retake ARMS/PES

o    OEC Module is satisfied by completing annual OEC refreshers

 

How to Get Started on Senior Patroller:

Register for and complete ARMS, SOEC, one leadership course, and three electives from the senior elective list.  They can be found on the EPA Region Website www.nspepa.org or the Eastern Division Website www.nspeast.org .  Keep track of your progress on your application.

 

SENIOR ALPINE PATROLLER:

 

SENIOR ALPINE PATROLLER CORE MODULES

·         Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding

·         Alpine Toboggan Handling

Senior Alpine Patroller Ski & Toboggan Program

·         The NSP Board of Directors, the National Senior Committee, and division ski and toboggan advisors have developed a national-level ski & toboggan training program that provides consistency, standardization, and quality in a supportive environment. The Senior Patroller ski & toboggan program has nationally established guidelines and requirements, to which neither division advisors nor regional ski & toboggan administrators can impose additional requirements.

·         The following are the goals of the Senior Patroller Ski & Toboggan Program:

o   To provide a training and evaluation environment which encourages all Patrollers to participate.

o   To expand and improve the NSP member’s patrolling knowledge and skills through a national program of training and evaluation.

o   To provide NSP members with the opportunity to obtain quality upper level training.

o   To improve the image of Patrollers and the National Ski Patrol.

o   To provide a method for members to obtain personal improvement and achievement through definable goals.

o   To prepare Patrollers for leadership positions in National Ski Patrol.

 

Are you qualified to participate in the Senior Patroller Ski & Toboggan Program?

Patrollers may apply for participation in the Senior Patroller program after one year of becoming a NSP member, obtaining Patroller status, and obtaining their Patrol Director's recommendation. Skiing and toboggan handling skills should be proficient on “More & Most Difficult” terrain. Participation can be with alpine skis, telemark skis or snowboard.

 

Prerequisites:

·         NSP membership status – Alpine Patroller

·         Patrol Rep’s Recommendation

·         Senior Candidate Application

 

Time Commitment:

·         Each core component includes region or division training clinics

·         Evaluation clinics - time commitment varies by location

 

 

 

Fees:

·         National - None

·         Division – Varies

·         Region – Varies (see registration link on www.nspepa.org)

Credential: NSP Certificate of Achievement

Instructor of Record:

·         NSP division-trained senior instructors

·         Division-trained senior evaluators

Required Text: The Ski Patroller's Manual, current edition

Core and Elective Requirements:

·         Senior Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding

·         Senior Toboggan Handling

·         Senior Outdoor Emergency Care

·         Three electives from the senior elective list

Maintaining Senior Alpine Patroller Status:

o    Completion of an on-the-hill/trail refresher at the senior-performance level on a senior-rated hill once every three years.  Senior alpine skiing/snowboarding and toboggan handling skills recertification (administered locally or within the region or division).

o    A patroller who does not complete the continuing education requirements for alpine ski and toboggan must retake those core components to regain senior status.

o    OEC Module is satisfied by completing annual OEC refreshers

 

Instructor of Record:

·         NSP division-trained senior instructors

·         Division-trained senior evaluators

Required Text: The Ski Patroller's Manual, current edition

 

How to Get Started on Senior Alpine Patroller:

The Senior Alpine Patroller candidate must have completed one full season as an alpine patroller (not including candidate year).  Submit your Senior Alpine Candidate Application to your patrol director.  You are required to attend at least one region approved clinic (patroller school, skier/toboggan enhancement seminar, etc.).  You must be signed off by a Senior Alpine Trainer Evaluator stating you are ready for the evaluation.  Register for the evaluation online at www.nspepa.org and click on the registration link for the Senior S&T Evaluation.  Follow the instructions on the registration page.

The Senior Alpine Candidate will take all components (skiing/snowboarding, sleds and skills) in the first year.  If successful in one of the components and not the other, you may repeat the failed component until successful.  Evaluations are offered annually within EPA Region.

Register for and complete three electives from the senior elective list.  They can be found on the EPA Region Website www.nspepa.org or the Eastern Division Website www.nspeast.org .  Keep track of your progress on your application.

 

SENIOR NORDIC PATROLLER:

 

SENIOR NORDIC PATROLLER CORE MODULES

·         Nordic Skiing

·         Nordic Extended Ski Tour

·         Nordic Toboggan Transport and Belay

Senior Nordic Patroller Ski & Toboggan Program

The Nordic Ski and Toboggan (S&T) component includes Nordic Skiing, Toboggan Transport and Belays, and an Extended Nordic Ski Tour. These elements must be reviewed every three years to maintain Nordic Senior certification.

 

The Extended Nordic Ski Tour, consisting of 25 kilometers (15 miles) of trails and slopes, is the basis for evaluation. Candidates as well as Senior Evaluators from all regions in the Division participate in the event. The Senior Evaluators present various scenarios and situations to the candidates during the tour. Candidates must demonstrate competency in the following areas:

o    Skiing technique and proficiency,

o    Stamina and strength (the Nordic Senior pack can weigh up to 25 pounds),

o    Rate of travel,

o    Proper route selection,

o    Map and compass proficiency,

o    Potential hazard recognition,

o    Emergency toboggan construction and transport of an IP at least 200 yards,

o    Construction of an emergency shelter of appropriate size that provides adequate protection, and

o    The ability to build a fire to heat and provide a hot beverage or meal.

Despite the multiple requirements, the tour/evaluation is low pressure and a lot of fun. Candidates work in teams on many of the required elements. The evaluation considers skill proficiency, leadership, adaptability, utilization of equipment, and confidence.

 

Candidates should diligently train prior to the tour to build up endurance. Other required elements should be practiced as often as necessary to develop and maintain proficiency.

 

Prerequisites:

·         NSP membership status – Nordic Patroller

·         Patrol Rep’s Recommendation

·         Senior Candidate Application

Time Commitment:

·         Each core component includes region or division training clinics

·         Evaluation clinics - time commitment varies by location

Fees:

·         National - None

·         Division – Varies

·         Region – Varies (see registration link on www.nspepa.org)

Credential: NSP Certificate of Achievement

Instructor of Record:

·         NSP division-trained senior instructors

·         Division-trained senior evaluators

Required Text: The Ski Patroller's Manual, current edition

Core and Elective Requirements:

·         Senior Nordic Ski and Toboggan Program

·         Mountain Travel and Rescue II Course

·         Avalanche Fundamentals and Rescue, or higher-level course

·         Senior Outdoor Emergency Care

·         One additional elective from the senior elective list

Maintaining Senior Nordic Patroller Status:

o    Continuing Education Review once every three years at the senior-performance level for Nordic Skiing, Toboggan Transport and Belay, and Extended Nordic Ski Tour (administered locally or within the region or division).

o    A patroller who does not complete the continuing education requirements for Senior Nordic Patroller must retake those core components to regain senior status.

o    OEC Module is satisfied by completing annual OEC refreshers

Instructor of Record:

·         NSP division-trained senior instructors

·         Division-trained senior evaluators

Required Text: The Ski Patroller's Manual, current edition

How to Get Started on Senior Nordic Patroller:

The Senior Nordic Patroller candidate must have completed one full season as an Nordic Patroller (not including candidate year).  Submit your Senior Nordic Candidate Application to your patrol director.  Contact the EPA Nordic Program Administrator for additional information on completing the Senior Nordic Patroller Program (contact information located on the EPA Region Web Site www.nspepa.org – look under the “Who’s Who” tag. 

 

Register for and complete one additional elective from the senior elective list.  They can be found on the EPA Region Website www.nspepa.org or the Eastern Division Website www.nspeast.org .  Keep track of your progress on your application.


 


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