Avalanche Skills Training

Companion Rescue Skills

View larger imagePracticing the conveyor shovelling method | Photo: Brent Strand

The Companion Rescue Skills course can be used as the first stepping stone to avalanche training and can also be used as a refresher for those who have previous training in either AST 1 or AST 2 or other avalanche training. The vital skills covered in this course are a "must have" for all backcountry recreationists, whether you ski, board, sled, hike or climb.

This course is open to any backcountry recreationist - there are no prerequisites. If you don't see a course listed on our website, ask your local provider!

After taking the one-day Companion Rescue Skills course, we encourage all participants to consider further training by taking the AST 1 course.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Consider and incorporate preventative measures.
  • Prioritize actions if caught in an avalanche.
  • Understand the function of airbags.
  • Understand transceiver functions and practice transceiver skills.
  • Apply search and rescue techniques.
  • Practice searching without a transceiver.
  • Consider multiple burial situations.
  • Organize a group rescue.
  • Identify post-incident considerations.

Minimum Field Time Requirement:
A minimum of seven hours in the field is required.

Please click here for a list of available courses in your region.

Not all AST Providers post their courses on our website, so you can also find AST Providers in your region by going to this link: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/training/ast/providers. If you don't see a companion rescue course offered, ask your local provider.

related links

  •   Teck Coal Ltd is the sponsor for the Companion Rescue Skills Course - helping the CAC produce industry leading course curriculum and materials.