The 5-day Pro 1 is designed to train and certify workers entering or operating as team members in the avalanche industry. The Pro 1 course covers skills essential to the workplace including conducting weather, snow, and avalanche observations; making an assessment of hazard and risk factors; participating in team meetings; succinctly communicating observations in the field; and applying basic safe travel protocols in avalanche terrain. The 5-day format of the Pro 1 includes demonstration, applied practice, feedback, and both practical and written exams.
The course introduces participants to team decision making in the avalanche workplace. It provides essential training for those working or planning to work as a ski patrol on the avalanche control team; or as an assistant heli or cat skiing guide; or snow observer for the local avalanche advisory; or as a highways avalanche technician. Participants will participate in daily operation meetings, collect and analyze data and evidence in the field, effectively assess and communicate hazard and risk factors, and travel safely through avalanche terrain.
By the end of the course end, participants will demonstrate proficiency applying the 2016 SWAG guidelines when observing and recording weather, snow, and avalanche occurrences. Participants will demonstrate knowledge of avalanche formation and release and have the ability to identify and characterize avalanche terrain.