Avalanche Search and Rescue Advanced Skills - Golden (December 16-19, 2019)

 Golden, B.C.

December 16-19, 2019


Last updated: June 6, 2019 – Check this page again 2 weeks prior to your course start date



Welcome to the Canadian Avalanche Association’s Avalanche Search and Rescue Advanced Skills (AvSAR) course and Practical Skills Assessment (PSA).  

The AvSAR course is a four-day course intended for industry professionals and advanced search and rescue volunteers seeking hands-on technical avalanche rescue techniques and strategies. Best practices in avalanche rescue are delivered by current practitioners and materials are updated regularly with input  from industry, manufacturers, and instructors.

The AvSAR course and assessment are full and intense. What you get out of the course is directly proportional to the time you spend on your pre-course work.

Note: As of winter 2019/20, the AvSAR Practical Skills Assessment is part of the AvSAR course.

Below you will find pertinent information for your course and the assessment. Take the time to read it carefully.

Besides the mailed student resource package this will be the only written correspondence from the CAA regarding your course. Please contact the CAA directly (250-837-2435) if you have any questions.

We wish you well on your travels this winter and success during your course.



Emily Grady

Industry Training Program Manager

Pre-course preparation checklist

  • Check this page again 2 weeks prior to course start date.
  • You will be mailed a package containing a variety of resources, including the AvSAR student manual. A pre-course checklist is provided for you in “Chapter 1" under" Pre-course Preparation” of your student manual. Be sure to complete all items required on this list. There are many pre-course readings and suggested practices, and it is strongly recommended that students start as soon as possible to prepare for the course; it can take a significant amount of time (25+ hours) of preparation. 
  • Until you receive your student manual, please refer to your online registration confirmation email for a view-only link to the manual.
  • Review the Practical Skills Asessment Evaluation Guidelines and Student Reference Materials
  • Review the equipment section below

Location and Start Time

Start time: 8:00 am sharp on December 16, 2019

Location: Click here for a map of the course location: Winston Lodge, Conference room, 1593 Cache Close, Golden, BC V0A 1H0, Canada (250) 344-7272

Equipment List

Expect long days for the AvSAR course. Come ready for all aspects, from classroom time to field work. An equipment list outlines what you will need to bring with you to the course. It is important to come to course with proper equipment, so make sure to look over the list carefully. Students who are well prepared with the necessary equipment and basic knowledge will benefit everyone by allowing us to conduct the course’s daily sessions in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

Sample Schedule

View a Sample Schedule for the AvSAR course. Day 1 is predominantly classroom-based with field sessions on the remaining days. Day 4 is the Practical Skills Assessment as described under Evaluation below. 


Please refer to the Course Evaluation section of the AvSAR webpage for assessment details.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the course location. For those wishing to carpool a list of student emails is sent out a few weeks prior to the course start date for that purpose.

Transportation to and from field locations will be your own responsibility. Time to arrange carpooling will be available in the class.

If your course requires lift access, tickets are provided by your instructors. If you have a season's pass for the area please bring this to course.


There are a lot of options for accommodation in Golden. You can search Golden for information on local hostels, hotels, motels, campgrounds, and B & B’s.

Student Policies

Go to our Student Resources webpage to familiarize yourself with the Student Policies.
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