Outdoor Life and Responding to Accidents 1269

Course Objectives

The goal of the course is to provide students with specialised insight into the factors, attitudes and skills which could be decisive in connection with risk-handling in various natural environments. Students should be able to organise and carry out companion-rescues at a high professional level using the resources the outdoor-activities group normally has available on excursions along the coastline, on waterways, on glaciers and steep cliffs and in the mountains during the winter.

Course Description

  • In-depth first-aid course
  • Crisis mastering, HSE, media
  • The organised rescue services in Norway
  • Case studies

During the course, students will experience five natural environments: the coast, waterways, glaciers, cliffs and mountains in winter.

- Coast, skills and knowledge:
  • Smaller workboats: capsizing, righting the boat and bailing out water
  • Man-overboard with boats of different sizes and rigging types
  • Using VHF, emergency radio beacons and distress rockets
  • Using life rafts
  • First-aid in connection with the coast, drowning and hypothermia
  • The guide’s role and accident response at sea, with a groups in a single boat and groups in several boats.
  • The organised rescue services
- Waterways, skills and knowledge:
  • WRT-level 1 – course (White-water Rescue Technician)
  • First-aid in connection with the coast, drowning and hypothermia
  • The guide’s role in river accidents
  • The organised rescue services
- Glaciers, skills and knowledge:
  • Companion rescue using fall arresters, block-and-tackle systems and calculating forces in pulley systems
  • Rescuing and stabilising an injured party
  • First aid related to glaciers and high cliffs
  • The guide’s role in glacier accidents
  • The organised mountain rescue services
- Rocks, skills and knowledge:
  • Companion rescuing of one and two persons, changing belaying points, foot-strap ascents
  • Accessing, stabilising and rescuing an injured party
  • Rappelling with a victim
  • Lifting an injured person, various lifting systems
  • First aid related to rocks and high mountains
  • The guide’s role in rock-climbing accidents
  • The organised mountain rescue services
- Avalanches, skills and knowledge:
  • The use of manual and electronic search methods, including EasySearch
  • Searching for multiple avalanche victims and deeply-buried avalanche victims
  • Large-scale exercises with public agencies and other voluntary organisations
  • First aid related to avalanche accidents
  • The guide’s role in avalanche accidents

Learning Methods

The instruction will take place in the autumn semester.

The study methods include independent work, lectures, group-work, instruction and practical/ problem-orientated guidance in conjunction with excursions in various natural environments. The guided excursions will last a total of 15 days and are obligatory.

Assessment Methods

Proficiency test, pass/fail. Portfolio assessment. Students create one portfolio for each outdoor period, which will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. To earn a certificate, students must have participated actively in the obligatory excursions.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Carl-Magnus Nystad <Carl-Magnus.NystadSPAMFILTER@hit.no> - 29/01/2008