Snowsport stars gain avalanche expertise
A posse of snowsport stars are gaining expert insights into avalanche risk management through Otago Polytechnic.
Winter Olympians¬†Jossi Wells,¬†Migeul Porteous¬†and Finn Bilous, Freeride World Tour competitor Craig Murray,¬†Freeride World Tour Qualifier competitor¬†Julian Hampton¬†and¬†Multisport athlete Hamish Fleming¬†are¬†set to descend on Otago Polytechnic‚Äôs Wanaka Campus¬†where they will¬†take part in¬†a block course of practical assessments¬†from 8-14 July.
The cohort are enrolled in the¬†New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 5)¬†at Otago Polytechnic,¬†the most experienced provider of avalanche education in New Zealand.
The 12-week¬†course, which began in late April,¬†provides¬†participants¬†with¬†a solid¬†understanding of theory, which is delivered online over 10 weeks and¬†includes¬†weekly web seminar¬†sessions to answer questions and refine concepts.¬†
During this¬†period,¬†participants are¬†also¬†required¬†to practise¬†their¬†on-snow skills.¬†They¬†then undertake one week of practical and assessment. This is followed by one week of reflection, during which¬†they evaluate their¬†next steps and plan any re-assessment as required.¬†
‚ÄĘ¬†Identifying¬†and communicating¬†potential avalanche hazards by applying knowledge of snowpack, weather, terrain and avalanche phenomena (30 credits)
‚ÄĘ¬†Mitigating¬†risk to self by selecting and applying appropriate control methods while operating in avalanche terrain within scope of practice¬†(5 credits)
‚ÄĘ¬†Participating¬†as part of a small party rescue by applying appropriate avalanche search and rescue skills while mitigating risks¬†(5 credits)
The¬†qualification can lead to the New¬†Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level¬†6).¬†
Enrolments for the next 12-week programme, from¬†9 July to¬†30 September (Practical¬†block course in Wanaka,16-22 September) are currently being wait-listed.
Read more about our¬†New¬†Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management