Winter Course Variant

We all know the reality of winters in Alberta. They are long, cold, snowy and for at least a few weeks each year the temperature dips below -30C. Winter conditions create additional challenges when faced with a survival situation. The bulky clothing limiting your movement and vision, having to continuously shed and add layers of clothing, difficult breathing due to the cold and dry air, poor walking and traveling conditions, frozen drinking water, snow blindness, etc. Therefore, in order to be effective at survival in winter conditions some important changes must be made to the survival strategy

Winter Course Differences

Due to these challenges, courses run in the winter time will be tuned to the winter environment, but they will still maintain the same overall curriculum and skillset. The differences incorporated into the winter program will be; the addition of a 15 minute long classroom lecture about winter survival on day 1, as well as Field skills that pertain to the cold environment on day 2. If there is sufFicient snow on the ground the navigation exercise will be done in snowshoes. If you do not know how to use snowshoes I would like to recommend that you try a practice session prior to attending the course

Winter Equipment and Safety

Course participants are required to bring extra layers of clothing for the day, a backpack, appropriate winter footwear, polarized ski goggles and sunglasses and a thermos with hot Fluids. All other equipment including snowshoes will be supplied

during times of extreme cold temperatures numerous safety measures will be in place for the day's activities. During the navigation exercise these safety measures will include a toboggan with equipment capable of sustaining an injured or ill person in a safe and warm environment for an extended period of time