BECOME A SKI PATROL VOLUNTEER
FIND OUT WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE PART OF THE EXCITEMENT
Become a member of Canada’s premier first responder volunteer organization and find out what it’s like to be part of the excitement. We come from every walk of life. We are committed to excellence and providing advanced first aid care to Canada’s alpine industry and beyond. We are The Canadian Ski Patrol.
Please take some time to review this guide prior to completing the application form.
For those wishing to patrol in the Barrie or Collingwood areas, or wishing to take a Central Zone course must contact the Toronto office at (416) 745-7511 or visit www.skipatrolcentral.com
If you have any questions about joining the Canadian Ski Patrol, please feel free to contact us toll free 1-800-380-CSPS or you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New candidate registration must be received prior to the start of the Advanced First Aid course you wish to attend. You will not be permitted to attend a course for which you have not pre-registered. For those wishing to take the new candidate first aid training in another Zone you must make your own arrangements and still register with Western Zone by the final registration deadline of Sep 20, 2023.
Please complete all sections on your application form so the information is correct for the office and Patrol Leader at your assigned resort.
Select in order of preference 2 areas to which you would like to be assigned to. Your first area choice is subject to availability and approval from the Zone VP Administration.
First Aid Training
Successful completion of the Canadian Ski Patrol Advanced First Aid course is the minimum requirement to Patrol. Courses will be held at each training centre (Kitchener, London and Orangeville) contingent upon meeting minimum course enrolment numbers.
The CSP Advanced First Aid is an intensive course consisting of at least 42 hours of in-class experience, an 8 hour Field day and 16 hours of on-line, self-directed learning. First aid classes are held two evenings per week, from 7:00 - 10:00 pm (London area) and Sundays, from 8:30 am - 04:30 pm (Kitchener & Orangeville area). Class starts the week of September 17, 2023. The Field day is held on a Saturday or Sunday and dates will be set at the discretion of each training centre. Full attendance at all training sessions is expected.
On-Snow training is a portion of the patroller training which addresses the skills, activities and procedures necessary to develop a first aider into a patroller. Candidates learn skills and techniques in the following areas; skiing/riding, toboggan handling, incident site management, use of evacuation equipment, communications and area procedures.
New candidates should have strong intermediate (or better) skiing or snowboarding skills.
On-Snow training takes approximately 20 hours and generally begins once the area resort opens for the season.
The deadline for requesting a change to sabbatical or refund must be submitted to the VP of Administration no later than Sep 20, 2023.
- New Member Registration Fee $265 (includes First Aid & CPR course, CSP manual (electronic version)
- First Aid Course Only $195 (For those not wishing to be a Patroller but are a minimum of 18 years of age)
- Registration fees are refundable until September 20th, 2023 minus a $25.00 administration fee.
- No fees will be refunded after this date.
- All requests for refunds must be in writing and submitted by Sep 20, 2023 to email@example.com
Any N.S.F. cheque received by the Canadian Ski Patrol will require repayment of the original fee plus a service charge of $25.00. Repayment must be in the form of a Certified Cheque, C.O.D., Money Order, or Credit Card. Failure to take prompt action to reconcile a returned cheque will result in a freeze of your CSP membership and eventually your membership will be revoked.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I already have first aid certification. Do I have to take the CSP Advanced First Aid (AFA) course to become a regular member?
A. Yes, our training is very specific and applies to providing services to ski areas. Our training is ranked at a higher level than regular first-aid courses. We include CPR, Oxygen therapy, AED procedures, airway management and blood pressure technology. If you have a credited CPR course valid for the current ski season you need not re-certify. A regular member must successfully complete the Advanced First Aid (AFA) requirements annually. Individuals with medical qualifications, or holding a first aid certification from another organization, recognized by the System, must successfully complete the Advanced First Aid – Modified (AFA – Modified) course to become a regular member.
Q. Are there paid patrolling jobs offered?
A. Yes, there is always a need for paid patrollers. First, we suggest that you make contact with the patrol services director of the ski area where you would like to become a paid patroller. We can help you with contact information.
Q. Are patrollers legally protected for their actions as a patroller?
A. Yes, the CSP carries a general liability insurance policy.
Q. Is there any way to really see what it is like to be a patroller?
Q. Is there any way to really see what it is like to be a patroller?
A. Yes, at numerous ski areas across the country we have "ski with a patroller day” programs that match you with a ski patroller for the day. Just go to your local ski area, ask to meet the patrol leader or the person in charge for the day, tell this person you are interested in becoming a ski patroller and that you would like to see what it is like to be a ski patroller.
Q. How often will I be required to patrol during the winter?
A. Duty rosters depend on the local patrol. Some patrols will ask for a certain number of days, others are fixed to a one day a week, or one day every two weeks or one weekend out of two schedule. They might ask you for your availability at the beginning of the winter and then make a schedule around your available time. When you fill in the "Join the CSP” form on this webpage, your information goes to a recruiting officer in the area you wished to join. You will then be called and all your questions about becoming a patroller will be answered.
Q. How are ski patrollers recognized at a ski area?
A. Most of the time we are the skiers wearing the blue and yellow jackets with the yellow cross over a blue maple leaf on the back or red jacket with a white cross on the back and white cross on both upper arms. Some patrols may wear resort specific uniforms at the request of resort management. There is usually some indication at the resort that services are provided by the CSP or patrollers are trained by the CSP.
Q. Is CSPS training recognized by Employers and Provincial Governments?
A. Some provinces have Provincial Worker’s Compensation Board or Workplace Safety accreditation and equivalency. The CSP has Basic and Standard First Aid accreditation from the Canadian federal government Human Resources Development Skills Canada. This accreditation is recognized in the workplace.
Q. Can I take the CSP first aid course without becoming a ski patroller?
A. In most regions YES. A regular member must complete the Advanced First Aid requirements of the system. A regular member who has on-snow certification and provides patrolling services may be referred to as a patroller. A regular member can provide services off the slopes or trails. In some areas of the country we provide first aid services for many non-skiing events and regular members are always welcomed in these roles.
Q. What level of skier/snowboarder should I be to become a patroller?
A. You need to be a strong intermediate skier or rider. Since you may ski or ride in all kinds of conditions under any circumstance you should be able to competently handle all of the runs on the mountain where you will patrol. You don’t need to be an expert, but you will need to be able to handle a toboggan, and meet the minimum rating set out by the local Patrol at the particular area you wish to patrol. Ski and snowboard instruction is often available at little or no cost at the local patrol level.
Q. I am a snowboarder, can I be a patroller even if I have never skied?
A. Yes, we accept snowboarders, alpine, nordic and telemark skiers. In alpine areas, we also accept snow blades, but we strongly suggest you be able to ski as well, as that will make toboggan handling easier.
Q. What is a toboggan?
A. This is our main means of transporting an injured person from the slopes/trails to the base of the ski area.
Q. Is it hard to transport a patient in a toboggan?
A. No, with proper training, 100 pound patrollers can handle a 150 pound toboggan with a 250 pound patient in it. We teach you how to do it and with a little practice it will become something fun.
Q. Who is the CSP looking for?
A. We require snowboard and alpine, telemark and nordic ski enthusiasts from all walks of life who are interested in volunteering their time to help others and want to have fun. You must be a strong team player over 18 years of age and be prepared to work in a variety of weather conditions.
Q. I really want to patrol but I don’t own a car?
A. This is usually not a big problem. You can likely find someone who lives in your area that is also scheduled at your hill and would be willing to car pool with you. Check with your resort’s patrol leader or assistant patrol leader and they should be able to assist you in making the connection you need for transportation.