Student Patrol offers an opportunity for young adults to become a member of National Ski Patrol. Whether you ski or ride this program offers training in high-level first aid and ski and toboggan skills.

Requirements to join Wachusett Mountain Student Patrol

  • You must be 15 years of age by November of year you enroll
  • Commit to enrolling in an 8-week Outdoor Emergency Care Course
  • Pass a ski or boarding test
  • Committed to training every Sunday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Maintain good academic grades
  • Pay yearly dues to the National Ski Patrol and purchase a red National Ski Patrol Jacket and pack
  • All students are required to ski with an adult patroller when wearing the National Ski Patrol Jacket until they become an adult patroller
  • All candidates must be willing to approach the general public in an "Excuse Me please" manner

Training Focus

Patrollers are taught to Assess, Alert, Treat and Transport injured patrons in a safe and efficient manner.

As a student patroller expect, the following

  • Student Patroller spends most of their time outdoors in the snow, therefore wearing layers and water-resistant clothing is a must
  • All students must participate in role playing with regards to acting in scenarios that create mock injuries
  • Besides taking the 8-week OEC course, CPR certification is necessary
  • Making ice packs, cutting cravats, controlling lift lines, picking up bamboo and litter are a few of the extracurricular activities expected of all student patrollers

Start a Student Patrol at your ski area

Within the EMARI region, I offer my assistance to any adult patroller that’s interested in starting a Student Patrol program or promoting an existing one. It takes only one committed adult patroller to create a Student Patrol Program in order to "Pass the Torch".

If you would like more information on the Student program contact:

Matt O'Connell 
EMARI Regional Young Adult Patroller (YAP) Advisor 
Cell: 617.851.7150 
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