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Avalanche Stage 1

This course teaches students about avalanche safety.
​This course leads to the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council Avalanche Safety Management Stage 1 certificate. The syllabus includes NZQA units.

This residential avalanche course will take place at Levin Waiopehu Lodge, Whakapapa Skifield, Mt Ruapehu, from 4 -10 August 2014. It is aimed at people involved in professional or advanced recreational alpine activities. Staff deliver intensive and thorough training, fundamental skills to manage avalanche risk will be assessed. 

At the completion of this course, students will have acquired the following skills:

  • Improved decision making skills to minimise travel risk
  • Recognise avalanche terrain and identify safe route selection
  • Understand the formation and classification of avalanches
  • Identify and record current weather conditions
  • Identify and interpret snow crystals and structures
  • Carry out snowpack analysis and record snow profiles
  • Contribute to an avalanche search and rescue operation
  • Improve personal safety awareness 

Download a list of equipment requirements (PDF file, 20KB)

Course fee is inclusive of accomodation and meals.
 
For more information contact Mary Wilson: phone 04 298 0205, email mary.wilson@whitireia.ac.nz

Campus Starts on Duration
Kapiti Mt Ruapehu 4 - 10 August Six and a half days

Domestic Fees: $1,800.90 NZD

International Fees: Please contact us

 

Entry Requirements

Domestic students

Prospective students should be intermediate skiers/snow boarders with access to touring equipment and have basic alpine skills.

International students

Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 5.5 with a band no lower than 5 or equivalent.

​Graduates may find employment on ski field snow safety programmes or with companies taking clients into alpine environments for tourism or work related activities.

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