LEAD 22
Ski Patrol: Outdoor Emergency Response Winter 2022

Cross-listed SPEC 22 / LEAD 22

Class Details

The course will teach and develop technical and leadership skills required to effectively and efficiently provide emergency medical care in outdoor environments. Successful completion can lead to certification as a member of the National Ski Patrol (NSP). The course implements NSP’s Outdoor Emergency Care and Outdoor Emergency Transport curricula in a hands-on, “on-hill” environment to address: Wounds and Burns – Musculoskeletal Trauma; Shock, Environmental and Medical emergencies. Students will practice the use of splints, bandaging, rescue equipment, methods of extrication, organization/prioritization of rescue tasks, and dealing with unusual emergencies. Emphasis will be placed on the Leadership Skills required to handle complex and stressful emergency situations. Each week there will be ~12 hours of mandatory outdoor training at Jiminy Peak ski area. Exact timing (mornings vs. afternoons; specific days; # hours/day) will be determined based on student and instructor availability. Additional homework/practice may be required. The course will culminate with a written and practical exam. Costs: Students who have taken Outdoor Emergency Care: $20 (CPR certification). Students with WFR or EMT certification: $145 (NSP membership and exam materials). $20 CPR certification (if needed). These students might also want to acquire the Outdoor Emergency Care textbook (~$100). Students need to supply their own ski/snowboard equipment. The course is limited to 15 students, chosen on the basis of ski/snowboard interest and ability. Preference given to students who completed the Outdoor Emergency Care PE class in the preceding fall term. Successful completion of a written and practical first aid exam, along with demonstrating ski/snowboard proficiency, will qualify the student to be certified as a National Ski Patroller. Pre-requisite: Outdoor Emergency Care, Wilderness First Responder, or Emergency Medical Technician.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 16
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: skill and knowledge demonstration in written and practical exam
Prerequisites: Outdoor Emergency Care OR Emergency Medical Technician OR Wilderness First Responder
Enrollment Preferences: ski/snowboard proficiency; prior first aid experience
Unit Notes: Tom Feist is an alumnus of Williams College ('85) and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. Following a 20+ year career at General Electric, Tom taught Chemistry at Williams in 2017-18. He has been a ski patroller for over 35 years, having started patrolling at Williams. Tom is a certified Instructor and Instructor Trainer for Outdoor Emergency care and currently patrols at Sugarbush Resort in Vermont.
Materials/Lab Fee: $165
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
SPEC 22 LEAD 22
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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