REC1+ Course

This 4-day REC1+ course for a maximum of eight participants.
This course includes Avalanche Level 1 and AAA Rescue module integrated into Avalanche Science’s REC1+ course.
Prerequisite
Ability to ski powder snow and familiarity with ski touring (on skis or split-board) equipment. Participants need to own avalanche rescue equipment: metal shovel, 3-meter probe, 3 or 4 antenna transceiver.
Participants must bring a medium size backpack to carry avalanche rescue equipment, packed lunch, water, hot drink, ski touring skins, and other personal gear. We suggest a backpack with a minimum size of 32 liters.
Pre-course material
4-hour online ZOOM classroom training
Course Format
1-day- internet-ZOOM classroom sessions scheduled from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Three days of fieldwork and back country ski touring.
Course leader
Santiago (Chago) Rodriguez
Avalanche educator since 1996.A certified instructor for the American Avalanche Association (AAA), AAA PRO 1 and PRO 2 Instructor, AIARE recreational Instructor and course Leader, and Owner of Avalanche Science LLC, an avalanche education entity endorsed by the AAA. Chago is also an avalanche instructor trainer for the National Ski Patrol. Chago is a Geophysics Ph.D. candidate with specialization in snow metamorphism studies with microwave sensors and remote Sensing. He also do work for NASA as a snow and avalanche Researcher at the CryoGARS group – Boise State University.
Chago is a ski guide with extensive experience from Central Idaho, Eastern Oregon, Colorado, the Argentinean and Chilean Andes, and the Andorran and Spanish Pyrenees.

Pre-course material

Online ZOOM classroom training – Dates decided when the course is booked

The course:
  • 1 day – Zoom classroom (The Internet-ZOOM classroom sessions will be communicated once participants register)
  • 3 days – Backcountry skiing & avalanche training in the field.
Course 1
  • Date of arrival 01-04-2021 (evening)
  • Date of departure 04-04-2021 (end of the day)

Course 2

  • Date of arrival 15-04-2021 (evening)
  • Date of departure 18-04-2021 (end of the day)

Rates

  • €1100 per person (2 persons in one room)
  • €1300 per person (1 person room)

Included

  • 3 nights in Sóti Lodge, Fljót, Iceland.
  • 3 x breakfast, 2 x lunch, 3 x diner
  • Ski guiding
  • Two avalanche certifications

What to bring? 

  • Backback (min. 32l)
  • Backcountry skiis
  • Skins
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Shovel, probe, beacon
  • Relevant outdoor equipment for traveling in winter conditions

Learning Outcomes for REC1+ Module

  1. Gain an understanding of avalanche beacon technology and receive advanced training in avalanche companion rescue techniques.
  2. Safe travel in avalanche terrain; protocols, rituals, and human factors.
  3. Recognize avalanche terrain and the role of slope angles. Estimating and measuring slope angles.
  4. Introduction to the Avalanche Release Conceptual model and the development of a systematic method for avalanche risk assessment and execution of safe travel plans.
  5. Gain an understanding of the science of snow crystals, metamorphism, and slab avalanche fracture mechanics.
  6. Understand the impact of weather in the snowpack. Track precipitation, wind, and temperature critical thresholds driving stability.
  7. Target observations relevant to the avalanche problem of the day.
  8. Reliable identification of slab and weak layer structures in snow pits. Characterize snowpack structure reactivity with basic stability tests.

Learning Outcomes for RESCUE Module

  1. Conduct transceiver functional verification at the trailhead.
  2. Understand the value and the function of avalanche rescue equipment.
  3. Demonstrate the operation of a transceiver/beacon.
  4. Demonstrate professional level probing techniques.
  5. Become a reliable avalanche rescue companion.
  6. Acquire skills in executing avalanche single victim rescues with a team.
  7. Become a competent rescuer during two-victims avalanche scenarios.
  8. Demonstrate or identify the steps necessary to be able to complete a two-avalanche victim rescue in less than 7 minutes in a 50×50 meter area.
  9. Effectiveness in communication during avalanche rescues.
  10. Capabilities generating Emergency Response Plans.
  11. Internalize that an avalanche incident is a medical emergency, and develop familiarity with potential injuries and potential medical issues common among buried avalanche victims.
  12. Develop awareness about the value of WFA/WFR/OEC/WEMT training.