ISIA Stamp Level Avalanche Awareness Course
The four-day Stamp Level Avalanche Awareness Course is intended for Ski, Snowboard and Telemark Instructors wanting to expand their knowledge of the mountain environment, to travel safely within it and impart knowledge useful for an instructor within organised area boundaries worldwide.
Documented attendance of this course is required to achieve ISIA Stamp status, along with your NZSIA Level Three instructing qualification, First Aid Certificate, Free Ski Level One, Teaching in a Second Language and Level One in a second discipline.
The four-day ISIA Stamp Level Avalanche Awareness course provides a better understanding of the nature of avalanches and what is needed to make decisions about personal safety when travelling in avalanche terrain with a group. Additionally, this course will help develop more advanced observation and route finding skills for moving in the mountains. Although we stress the need for avoiding avalanche related rescue, time is also dedicated to learning the technical skills required for small party rescue and handling other emergency situations.
Candidates are assessed on trip planning considerations and the ability to perform rescue skills simulating a single buried victim within a specified time frame.
A MSC Backcountry Course or MSC Avalanche Stage One course is also acceptable as a cross-credit for the Avalanche Course towards gaining ISIA Stamp status.
ISIA Card Level Advanced Avalanche Awareness and Mountain Safety Course
The six day ISIA Card Level course is designed such that graduates are snowsports instructors that have the ability to lead groups off-piste independently in the mountain on non-glacial, (ATES classified “Simple”) terrain not involving the use of ice axe, crampons, rope or overnight stays.
Graduates can trip plan by evaluating the following mountain risks and concerns such as those arising from weather, avalanche or “slide-for-life” conditions, group characteristics or terrain. They can also apply trip planning considerations to actual terrain and manage group to minimize risk. Grads will also be able to manage a back-country accident/emergency involving self, group and outside support services including avalanche rescue, emergency shelter preparation and self-arresting in a sliding fall in and out of touring equipment.
Although the approach and content are similar to the 4 day course, the 6 day course is assessed on more topics, (notably leading groups), and at a generally higher level. The Card Level course builds on the skills introduced in the Stamp Level course.
Candidates are assessed on trip planning considerations, correctly identifying avalanche risk and the ability to perform rescue skills simulating two buried victims within a specified time frame.
Note: This course is run externally and will be overseen by a UIAGM guide or NZMGA Winter qualified guide who is also Stage Two Avalanche qualified. To register please contact Peter Bilous via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 021 705 901
Dates for 2013
- Cardrona: September 30th – Oct 3rd ISIA Stamp Level
- Cardrona: September 30th – Oct 5th ISIA Card Level
Length: 4 days ($550) ISIA Stamp Course
Length: 6 days ($800) ISIA Card Course
Pre-requisites: No qualification pre-requisite required for the four day Stamp Level Course or the six day Card Level Course, however candidates must be capable of travelling in the backcountry safely and comfortably: regarding fitness and movement skills.
Why take this certification: Not only do these courses expend your horizons into the world of backcountry travel and the accompanying professional risk management practices, but they are required to attain your ISIA stamp and card level certification.
What’s next: NZSIA offer no further Avalanche courses, however if you feel this route is something you would like to pursue we suggest you consider the MSC Avalanche Stage One qualification as a step into Ski Patrol or Backcountry Guiding.
Name: Alex White Course and Resort: Avalanche Awareness Course at Cardrona
“Excellent week! Best training course I have participated in this season, great fun, lots of very valuable information which ultimately could save my life and others. Great trainer with excellent communication skills and explanations of topics”
Name: Tom O’Brien Course and Resort: Avalanche Awareness Course at Cardrona
“The course content, amongst other things, included planning for travelling the backcountry, appropriate group management and routes, snow pack testing and emergency group self-rescue techniques. Although a lot of information was delivered during the four days, the fieldwork elements including short backcountry tours, and an interesting and informed course leader ensured this course never became boring. The course provided me with an increased interest and knowledge of the subject, and will hopefully enable me to be safer whilst travelling backcountry.”