SURVIVAL 3 ALPINE RESPONSE COURSE
surviving in the mountains
The S3 course was redesigned at the request of emergency services personnel who operate in the alpine backcountry. This reworked program is available to anyone who works or travels in an alpine environment and wants to have a better idea of what to do in a critical situation. The aim of the S3 ARC program is to prepare the student for a short duration (24 – 96 hours) unplanned stay in an alpine environment, above or below the snowline, whilst dealing with possible injuries to party members.
The course identifies the following units:
Construct an improvised shelter in an alpine environment
Start a fire using a variety of improvised methods
Locate water using a variety of improvised methods
Identify and manage cold induced injuries (frostbite, open air hypothermia and immersion hypothermia / diuresis) and snow environment injuries (snow blindness, dehydration, sun / windburn)
Navigate across country (by day and night) in an alpine setting using map / compass and improvised techniques
Use emergency signaling techniques
Lead a team in an emergency in an alpine setting
Use ice axes, snow shovels & saws for different tasks
Use snow anchors & rope hauling systems to recover light vehicles & other equipment
Select appropriate clothing and equipment for alpine operations / travel
Deal with ice / snow bridge fall through into a body of water
Negotiate a moving body of water using safe crossing techniques (wading techniques & zip lines)
3 days and 2 nights field
Some backcountry experience is a prerequisite (either Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, mountaineering etc.)
Survival 3 certificate listing units covered on the course.
Cost per person
Group discounts may apply
The supplied text for the course is Barry Davies book ‘Mountain and Arctic Survival’. Other handouts are also provided.
Transport ex Jindabyne, course food, snow camping equipment, survival equipment.
Instructor / Student Ratio
JULY & AUGUST 2006
*Please note - as with all alpine programs the weather and a multitude of other factors may influence the actual course content. AG instructors reserve the right to delay, substitute or cancel a given activity or activities prior to or during a course without notice.
Outdoor Safety Training Consultants
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PO BOX 403 KATOOMBA NSW 2780
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