Fall 2015 Outdoor Emergency Care Course

This site covers the National Ski Patrol's Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) training course that's held in the San Francisco South Bay area each Fall. Details on registration, materials, preparation and location are located on the tabs above. Course updates are posted below as they are published.

Outdoor Emergency Care® is the National Ski Patrol’s award-winning training program for patrollers and others in the recreation community who deal with emergency situations. This nationally recognized program is designed to help you manage the toughest emergencies, in all seasons. Developed in the late 1980s for the 26,000 members of the National Ski Patrol, Outdoor Emergency Care is a training program that is tailored to the nonurban rescuer. Today, OEC is considered the standard of training for emergency care in the outdoor environment and is recognized by resorts and recreational facilities in all 50 states.

Monday, June 24, 2019


Candidates -

As you've seen in the class prep instructions above, you'll need to prepare & have 4 cravats in your supply pack.

Janice Waits, long-time patroller, instructor, as well as regional and division officer, has kindly prepared a number of sets.  These will be available first-come/first-served from Janice directly.  She has not named a price, but I understand she likes wine & beer.

If you're interested, contact Janice directly at: jrwaits40 <at> gmail.com and negotiate your transaction.

Thanks Janice for your support one again this year.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

OEC SouthBay 2019 Course Number

As noted in the registration instructions above, candidates need to register for this course via Eventbrite AND register with the National Ski Patrol on nsp.org. To do so, you'll need the following course number info:

Candidates - The official course number for our course is: F066190003.

Patrollers & Instructors - As usual, shoot me your NSP ID # and I'll list you as an assisting patroller on your NSP record.

Further Info on Registering with the National Office (for Candidates)

Candidates -

As you know, you need to register for both the course (via Eventbrite) AND the National office (instructions & overview video on the "Registration" tab above). 

This is always a confusing process, particularly the National Office registration.  So, some tips in doing so:


If you have a ski area identified & they have accepted you as a candidate, register as a "Candidate".  Instructions here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19UbEJmsIcSwNzNXJcwPqhp2L_qLJyP7l/view?usp=sharing


If you have not yet been accepted into a ski area's program, register as an "Associate".  Instructions here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c3pfCJId0CwU6RgTFrOGC-tgFNIExrnr/view?usp=sharing


Just to add to the confusion, all students in OEC classes are called "Candidates".  This applies if you're a candidate, associate,  etc.  per the above definitions. 


Before you register with the National Office, see this note from Nancy Stromswold from the ESR BoD:

*New candidates who register and pay NSP dues after July 1, 2019 will have dues posted on their profile through 12-31-2020 (last 1/2 of 2019 and all of 2020.) If a new member pays their NSP dues before July 1, 2019, dues will be posted through 12-31-2019.

*Current and new members must have current NSP dues paid to [get credit for courses they take]

Thanks, Nancy

Nancy Stromswold
FWD Assistant Director
FWD Records Advisor
775 232-4465

Monday, June 10, 2019

Welcome New Candidates!

Candidates - 

Welcome to OEC SouthBay 2019.  We're pleased to have you and looking foward to a great class.  A few things in prep for class:

- Have a look at the "Course Materials & Preparation" tab on the class blog.  You've got some runway before class starts, but the earlier you can start on those actions, the better.  In particular, getting started early on the book will pay dividends.  It take some effort to get through.
- As for the book, many candidates are finding it useful to get the electronic version.  Primary benefit is the search function.  At the end of the day, however, it's you choice: paper or electrons.
- We have some candidates with quite a long drive to class.  As we get closer to class I'll connect you all so you can work out carpooling.
- Finally, as you read in the registration instructions on the blog, in addition to your registration for this class, you'll need to join the NSP & register as an OEC candidate.  Officially you need to have this done by the end of class, but best to get this out of the way beforehand.  

In the meantime, shoot me a note if you have any questions.  And, if you haven't already, subscribe to the blog to keep up with class announcements.  https://oecsouthbay.blogspot.com/

We'll reconnect as we get closer to class.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

OEC SouthBay 2019 - Opens for Registration Monday, June 10 @ 18:00

Registration for OEC SouthBay 2019 will open Monday, June 10 at 18:00

We've had high initial interest in the class, so be sure to register as soon as possible to secure your spot.

Class info Here: https://oecsouthbay.blogspot.com/

Registration link Here:

Thursday, April 4, 2019

OEC SouthBay 2019 - Coming Soon

With the ski season coming to an end, we're starting to look forward to next Fall's OEC classes.  Here's an update:

- We're working on the schedule now.  Looks like we're going to go for a 9 week class, starting off with an all-day Saturday kick-off.  More info soon. (Update: Prelim schedule now up @ link above)

- We'll likely start at the end of August/early September, and wrap up with the final practical exam on Nov. 9.

- Location will be in the SouthBay, details TBD.

- We should have things squared away in the next few weeks, and open registration in early June.

In the meantime, enjoy your spring turns & we'll see you all soon!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Ski Patrol Information Session & Mixer

Patrollers, Candidates & Potential Candidates -

The Region is holding a special event next month to recruit new ski patrol candidates.  Specifics below.

Two items of note:

- If you have potential candidates, invite them to this event where they can learn about what's involved in joining, how-to do so, and meet many on the teams already.

- We'd like to have a handful of patrollers at the event to help answer questions from the candidates.  If you have some time the evening of April 4, please stop on by.

Event info:

When: Thursday, April 4, 2019,  6:00PM - 8:30PM

Where: Helm of Sun Valley Ski Shop - San Mateo Location. 333 N Amphlett Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94401

Event Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thinking-about-becoming-a-skisnowboard-patroller-mixer-tickets-59026720510?utm_term=eventurl_text