Wisp Ski Patrol is a part of the National Ski Patrol System, a member-driven non-profit organization that values service, camaraderie, leadership, and integrity. Our local patrol supports and participates in the outdoor recreation community by providing emergency care, rescue and education services.
Have you considered becoming a Ski Patrol Candidate?
Being a candidate means joining an extended family, as well as becoming a member of the Wisp Ski Patrol, and by extension, the National Ski Patrol System, Inc., (NSP)
Volunteer ski patrolling requires a substantial commitment, both in your time and energy. Patrollers are scheduled 14 days a season. Eastern Section patrollers are scheduled 7 weekends and Western Section patrollers are scheduled 14 weeknights, 3 of which will be on Saturday nights. All members of the patrol must attend an annual OEC refresher and volunteer at least one day at our annual fundraiser.
Being a successful candidate requires a large commitment of time. This effort on your part will be rewarded with improved skiing and first aid skills. We have a great group of trainers willing to spend the time helping you learn to be a patroller. Patrolling adds a new dimension to the sport of skiing. The camaraderie of working in this group and the good feeling that comes from helping people creates its own rewards.
Requirements in a Nutshell
Annual Ski -Off
The ski-off usually takes place on a weekend in the beginning of March. This is the time where prospective candidate's skiing skills will be evaluated in preparation of each candidate being declared a patroller candidate or an auxiliary candidate should the prospective candidate successfully complete the interview process.
The ski-off gives the Wisp Ski Patrol Management Team a chance to see how trainable the applicants are and give more info on what joining the patrol entails. The ski-off starts at 8:30am in the patrol room at the bottom of chair 1 and takes about 2-3 hours to complete the process. Prospective candidates will be provided with a lift ticket. It is possible to "ski-off" at other times throughout the season. Simply inform us of your schedule and a common date and time can be arranged.
The Wisp Ski Patrol reserves the right to turn down any application for any reason.
Course & Membership Costs - subject to change at anytime (Incidentals not included)
The following is a breakdown of the cost for the Outdoor Emergency Care course and membership dues for the NSP. All of these costs go right to the NSP and not to Wisp. A check for these costs should be made payable to Wisp Ski Patrol and mailed to Wendy Thompson, Treasurer; c/o Wisp Ski Patrol; 5 Turnberry Court; Lutherville, Maryland 21093. Your official training cannot take place until we receive your check and we register you with the National Ski Patrol System. If for some reason you have some of the required texts, you will only need to pay for the supplies you need in addition to the registration fees and membership dues.
Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) course
The OEC course is an online course July thru mid-November. Practical sessions are held once or twice a month at Wisp to review the online material. Practical and written tests are held mid-November.
If you are an EMT, you can challenge the OEC written and practical tests. The traditional OEC course generally takes 3 to 4 months to complete. Once you complete the OEC course you will take an additional written First Responder Test to qualify you as a First Responder in the State of Maryland.
CPR Course (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
All candidates are required to participate in, or prove their current certification in, 1 and 2 person, infant, child and adult CPR (including knowledge of foreign body airway obstruction). We will also go over the use or oral and nasal airways and the use of the oxygen tank and associated paraphernalia (bag-valve mask, nasal cannula, suction, etc.). The course will be offered at a TBD location and time. As noted above, there are fees associated with this course.
Candidate Orientation Weekend
This weekend, historically the 2nd or 3rd weekend in December (TBD annually), will include both indoor and outdoor activities. Lectures/presentations introducing the workings of the Wisp Ski Patrol, tours of the mountain and the first-aid room, and various meet and greet activities to get to know the other patrollers.
Types of Member Levels
There are five types of member levels. Member levels refer to five categories of registration that pertain to the patroller's level of education achievement: candidate, patroller, senior alpine or nordic, senior auxiliary and certified
All new candidates will be assigned to ski 14 days on the ski patrol schedule when training is taking place. Candidates will be assigned to a section based on scheduling needs. Western Section - 14 night-time shifts or Eastern Section - 7 weekends/14 days (both Saturday and Sunday). Candidates can take advantage of training session on either weekends or weeknights.
When the ski season starts (depending on when the mountain opens) the candidate training schedule on the weekends will be as follows:
8-8:30am - Arrive at the Bullpen, sign in, grab a radio (candidates must receive permission from the hill leader to carry a radio) and put on your gear.
8:30-9am - Shadow patrollers and perform opening duties such as checking sleds to make sure all equipment is ready to go for the day
9-11:15am - S&T Training - check with the hill leader for the day's location
11:15-1pm - Break/transition - do not be surprised if S&T cuts into this time.
Lunch (Black Bull CafÃƒÂ©, bring your own, or lodge)
1-4pm - Patroller mentoring on Saturday; OEC on-the-hill scenario training on Sunday
4-5pm - End of day meeting, regular patrolling or Sweep
For those of you in the McHenry/Deep Creek Lake area, there will also be mid-week training on Tuesday (S&T) and Wednesday (OEC) nights from 6:30-8:30pm.