Level 1 Avalanche Instructor

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Level 1 Avalanche Instructor

The holder of this badge is approved to instruct at AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Safety Courses.

DESCRIPTION OF SKILLS

Current status as AIARE-certified Level 1 avalanche course instructor, together with strong experience and Mountaineers or equivalent training in the following:  group leadership, safe travel techniques on snow, mountain weather, avalanche cause and effect, snow pack analysis, terrain recognition, trip planning, navigation, avalanche rescue, including beacon search, and mountain-oriented first aid.

WHAT DOES THIS BADGE ALLOW ME TO DO?

Teach as an instructor at Mountaineers-sponsored Avalanche Level 1 courses offered by those Mountaineers branches which follow the AIARE Level 1 Avalanche curriculum (currently Everett, Seattle, Foothills, Tacoma).

HOW DO I GET THIS BADGE?

 Successfully complete AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course, AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course, AIARE Instructor Training Course (IRC).

Receive AIARE certification as Level 1 instructor and keep it current, which requires AIARE Instructor Refresher Course (IRC) every 3 years.   

Plus receive Committee or Chair approval by Climbing, Backcountry Skiing, Snowshoe or Avalanche Committee of a branch following the AIARE Level 1 Avalanche curriculum.