Avalanche AST1 & CRS Courses

Survive First Aid is really pleased to partner up with Dave Enright from Evergreen Outdoor Centre Hakuba to provide Avalanche AST1 & CRS Courses at Mt Hotham this winter.

This course is accredited through Avalanche Canada


Avalanche Canada is a non-government, not-for-profit organization dedicated to public avalanche safety. They coordinate and deliver avalanche awareness and education programs, provide curriculum and support to instructors of Avalanche Canada training programs, act as a central point-of-contact for avalanche information, and work closely with many different avalanche research projects, both at home and abroad.

To learn more about Avalanche Canada please visit their website here. Avalanche Canada


The 3 day course will combine the Companion Rescue Skills (CRS) course and the Avalanche Skills Training 1 (AST 1) courses together, with 1 full day of classroom time and 2 days in the field. This is the perfect introductory course for those recreation adventurers that want to head backcountry within Australia or overseas and also for APSI instructors looking to acquire their ISIA stamp, increasing employment opportunity internationally.

Details about the courses and a Bio of Dave can be found below.

Course Costs: $650 (Includes rental of Shovel, Probe and Beacon)

Course Dates: 2017 Course have all been completed  

Course Location: Day 1 (Classroom based) will be spent at Mt Hotham Alpine Resort, exact location will be confirmed closer to the time. Days 2 and 3 will be spent in the field (Backcountry – NO overnight component) Again exact location to be confirmed closer to the time.


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Companion Rescue Skills ( 1 Day)

A Companion Rescue Skills course is a must-have for all backcountry recreationists in any sport, because it teaches life-saving search and rescue techniques. The CRS course may be the first step of your avalanche training, or an important refresher for those with previous training. The one-day CRS requires a minimum of seven hours in the field.

Students practicing the conveyor shovelling method. Photo: Brent Strand.

CRS Objectives

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.

Avalanche Skills Training 1 (2 Days)

An AST 1 course is where you’ll learn the fundamentals of travelling in avalanche terrain. An AST 1 course comprises a minimum of seven hours of classroom instruction with one full day in the field, and is suitable for people with basic training and little experience.

AST 1 Course Objectives

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

  • Understand the basics of avalanche formation and release.
  • Identify avalanche terrain.
  • Know the steps required to plan and carry out a trip.
  • Use the Avaluator2.0 as a decision-making tool in areas where trips are rated using the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) and where avalanche bulletins are available.
  • Find resources for obtaining ATES terrain ratings if their trip is not rated.
  • Find resources for obtaining avalanche danger ratings and avalanche bulletins if these are not available.
  • Use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain.
  • Carry out a companion rescue.
  • Understand the limits of their training.

Dave Enright Bio

Dave Enright Bio

Dave is a backcountry ski legend and a world recognized professional in avalanche safety. He has been guiding in the Northern Alps of Japan for over 20 years and is the owner and director of the Evergreen Outdoor Center which is a 4-season outdoor guiding and training centre based in Hakuba Village in Nagano Prefecture. Come winter Dave is a backcountry ski and splitboard guide, runs avalanche skills training courses, and is a certified CAA Level 3 (Applied Avalanche Risk Management) professional. He loves showing people the thrills and beauty of the nature in the mountains of Japan, Canada and now Australia. For a full interview with Dave to learn what makes him tick and how Evergreen Outdoor Center has evolved please click here Dave Enright Interview 


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