Instructor Development (ID) is a required course for NSP patrollers that have an interest in becoming an Instructor in the NSP organization. A patroller that wants to become an instructor in Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC), Skiing & Toboggan (S&T), Skier Enhancement, Toboggan Instruction, or Mountain Travel and Rescue (MTR) must first take Instructor Development. ID can also be taken as a Senior Elective for those patrollers that are not sure about becoming instructors, but want to learn more about the program and get an elective in the process.


The goal of the OEC Module of the Senior Program is to expand and improve the knowledge and skills of NSP members relating to handling complex situations involving decision making, problem management, and leadership. The program also prepares patrollers for leadership roles within the NSP.
If you are interested in working to become a stronger, more confident patroller you should consider this program. The program is designed to help you build upon your skills related to; problem and patient assessment, resource management, OEC skills and transportation considerations, and finally leadership in terms of communication skills, the ability to direct others and confidence.
This year’s program will kick‐off on Saturday, November 18th and will conclude in late January with a number of clinics in between to help build your skills and prepare for the final examination. As follows is the schedule for this year’s program –
  • Kick‐off – Saturday, November 18th (9AM‐12PM) – CMEMSC, 321 Holden St., Holden, MA
  • Monday, November, 27th (6:00PM – 9:00PM) – CMEMSC, 321 Holden St., Holden, MA
  • Thursday, November 28th (6:00PM – 9:00PM) – CMEMSC, 321 Holden St., Holden, MA
  • Monday, December 4th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Nashoba Ski Area
  • Thursday, December 7th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Wachusett Mountain
  • Monday, December 11th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Nashoba Ski Area
  • Thursday, December 14th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Wachusett Mountain
  • Monday, December 18th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Nashoba Ski Area
  • Thursday, December 21st (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Wachusett Mountain
  • Thursday, December 28st (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Wachusett Mountain
  • Thursday, January 4th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Wachusett Mountain
  • Monday, January 8th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Nashoba Mountain
  • Thursday, January 11th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Wachusett Mountain
  • Monday, January 15th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Nashoba Mountain
  • Thursday, January 18th (6:30PM‐9:30PM) – Wachusett Mountain
  • Final Evaluation – Sunday, January 28th ‐ TBD
In addition to the above, there may be additional clinics added to the schedule. Any changes or updates will be communicated well in advance of the date.
The kick‐off, on November 18th, will include a complete overview of the program and the requirements for completion. In addition, candidates will work on skill sign‐offs which will include –
  • Patient assessment and vital signs
  • Oxygen administration, airway adjunct use and suctioning
  • Bleeding control and bandaging
  • Fracture management (1. Management near a joint, 2. Alignment of angulated fractures, 3. Open fracture management, 4. Long bone management and 5. traction splinting)
  • Spinal immobilization
  • Lifting techniques
  • Medical emergencies
If you plan to attend the kick‐off and move forward in the program please come prepared to demonstrate your proficiency in the above skills.
As mentioned above the OEC Module of the Senior Program is a great way to strengthen your skills, build your confidence and leadership skills. It’s also a great way to meet some new people and have some fun.
If you plan to attend the kick‐off please send me an email at – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include your name, cell phone number and the mountain that you patrol. In addition, if you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to me by email or cell – 508‐439‐9885.
Thank you – Jon Longley, Senior Training Coordinator (EMARI).

What is a Nordic patroller? We’re the folks at the OEC refreshers with the large packs holding everything from saws and shovels to duct tape, tools, bivy sacks and a First Aid equipment than those little fanny packs. During the season, Nordic patrollers also provide skier safety and equipment services at ski touring centers, state parks, and forests, on organized ski tours, at special events and just about anywhere there’s snow.

The S&T/OET Program provides active NSP members with alpine training for skiing, riding, telemark and toboggan handling skills.

Alpine Senior OET Patrollers interested in becoming candidates in the Alpine Senior S&T/OET program begin by attending an information meeting and bringing a completed Eastern Division Senior Candidate Application (download application) signed by their Patrol Director who verifies that the applicant has sufficient knowledge, skills and experience to participate in senior level training. The application is reviewed for acceptance by the regional program advisor (EMARI; Tracy Dowd).

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MTR Level 1
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