The AIARE PRO 1 Bridge Course is a two-day exam that provides continued professional development and certification for the avalanche worker who took the AIARE 2 (prior to winter 2017/18) as a step in their professional avalanche education.
On the first day, participants will be introduced to the evaluation criteria for the course; participate in practice field sessions; and complete the rescue exam, written exam, and terrain photo exam.
Day two consists of station weather, snow profile, snowpack tests, and field terrain evaluation.
The PRO 1 Bridge Course assumes the participant has backcountry experience and he or she is a working professional with field practice of applying the key decision making aids taught in the AIARE 1, including the AIARE Trip Plan, the Communication Checklist, Avalanches and Observations Reference, and the Review the Day checklists found in the AIARE (blue) Field Book.
Bridge course applicants are required to be currently working (guides, patrollers, highway workers, instructors) and to provide proof they are routinely applying SWAG guidelines to daily observations and participating in their operations’ risk assessment. Participants with experience routinely applying SWAG-standard observation and recording skills and participation in group risk assessment and treatment will be prepared to pass the Bridge Course exam.
Students who are not currently in the workplace are advised to take the AIARE PRO 1 course, rather than the Pro 1 Bridge course.
Pro 1 Bridge Course: