If you ask a patroller why they want to join the Patrol they will typically tell you “the free skiing, of course.” This is usually accompanied with a little chuckle and a smile. The reality of this answer though is that most Patrollers can’t really explain why they joined. Of course they loved to ski or board but deep down they had an urge to help others and become a part of something bigger. This is the drive that keeps each and every patroller out there on the hill in the freezing cold or pouring rain.
Joining the Patrol can be very rewarding but at the same time, it’s a lot of work. A lot more work than most realize. Patrollers at Perfect North are put through some of the most advanced training with both medical and on-the-hill skills. The first year is always the toughest with the most extensive training and time commitment. But all of our patrollers are continuously refining their skills to become better patrollers.
If you have the drive and desire, we invite you to join our patrol.
Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC Class) is the first aid portion of the program and begins in August. The class meets on a weeknight from 6:30pm-10pm (the same night each week, typically Tuesdays and Thursdays). There is a written final exam and a practical final exam which are held in November.
The course is designed to train you to provide first aid in an outdoor setting, possibly under harsh conditions, with limited initial access to equipment, but progressively adding equipment and resources. It’s curriculum is based on the 1994 DOT EMS Response Curriculum. This is an intensive course consisting of both hands on and textbook work. You will be making a time commitment in terms of training, as will your instructors. It’s important that you recognize the time commitment for both the OEC portion of the class and, if you choose to go on, the Outdoor Emergency Transport (OET) portion. We encourage you to have the support of your family and friends in this because of the time required. Classes will start promptly because there is much work to be done, so you will need to be on time. Approximately 25% of the class is lecture/discussion and 75% hands on practice. You will be given the opportunity and training to become a team member in a nationally recognized organization. As a team member you will learn to be both a leader and a team player. You will get to meet and work with a diverse group of like-minded individuals who will encourage and support you in this endeavor. All of them will tell you that it wasn’t easy, but it was worth the effort.
Outdoor Emergency Transportation (OET Class) training is intended to adequately prepare skiers & snowboarders in the skills required to safely transport loaded and unloaded toboggans down all slopes, under any condition. The training is a self paced program that must be completed within your first 2 seasons as a patroller. Trainers are available most days and nights during the ski season and are here to help your in your training however they can.