PROSPECTIVE volunteer ski patrollers must have the minimum qualifications of Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) and Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (HLTAID001) before joining the patrol.
They are also expected to complete the Australian Ski Patrol Association Advanced Emergency Care course as soon as practicable after joining the patrol. The course is conducted annually in Melbourne over two full consecutive weekends, usually between March and May. Patrollers must be re-certified every three years. The cost of the course is subsidised by Lake Mountain Alpine Resort. The 2019 course will be held on 16 and 17 and 23 and 24 March at a venue to be confirmed.
To further ensure best practice and up-to-date skills, Lake Mountain Ski Patrol has a pre-season training weekend each year, normally just before the official season opening. The 2018 training weekend will be held on June 2 and 3, 2018.
Certain competencies are refreshed/tested at the pre-season training weekend including CPR/AED, asthma management and the administering of Penthrane, Entonox and Oxygen.
It is expected that all patrollers are available to attend the training weekend to ensure their skills and competencies are up-to-date, and to familiarise themselves with the resort and any changes.
The weekend is also a great opportunity to meet and catch up with other patrollers.
The LMSP annual general meeting is also held during the training weekend.
Photographs: Putting skills into practice during scenarios at the pre-season training weekend are an important part of the two-day program.