COURSE PROGRESSIONS & GUIDELINES


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COURSE PROGRESSION

AAA GUIDELINES FOR U.S. AVALANCHE EDUCATION

  • Avalanche Awareness
  • Introduction to Avalanches
  • Introduction to Avalanches Field Course
  • Companion Rescue Clinic
  • Level 1: Avalanche Fundamentals
  • Level 1 Refresher: Avalanche Skills Advancement Workshop (ASAW)
  • Level 2: Avalanche Processes & Leadership
  • AV Pro: Advanced Professional Avalanche Training
  • Level 3: Advanced Avalanche Education

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COURSE GUIDELINES

GENERAL COURSE GUIDELINES

SNOWMOBILE SPECIFIC GUIDELINES

AAA GUIDELINES PURPOSE & DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

The AAA Guidelines for U.S. Avalanche Education (“Guidelines”) can provide a general benchmark for skill progressions between different levels of avalanche education. The purpose of working toward common guidelines and practices for course providers and avalanche instructors in the United States is to promote avalanche education that is thoughtfully, consistently, and responsibly conducted.

AAA is not and does not intend to act as – or become – a regulatory body for the avalanche industry. Compliance with the AAA Guidelines does not guarantee that a course provider’s courses or programs, or that participation in those courses or programs, will be free from harm. In choosing to voluntarily participate in avalanche courses or programs or recreate in outdoor, backcountry and/or wilderness settings, individuals accept and assume the inherent risks of these activities.

AAA does not certify, license, oversee, control or warrant the character or quality of any individual or entity’s avalanche program, including those of any listed course providers, and is not responsible for the content of any specific course or program. Those interested in taking avalanche courses from course providers, whether those listed on AAA’s website or otherwise, should independently investigate and assess these course providers and their specific courses and programs.

The American Association for Avalanche Professionals, Inc., d/b/a the American Avalanche Association, and its officers, directors, employees, agents, volunteers and representatives, including those individuals who assist in managing our websites at americanavalancheassociation.org and avalanche.org (collectively “AAA”), disclaim all duty, responsibility or liability (including for negligence) to any individuals or entities for any injury, death, property damage, or other loss resulting from any cause, including losses caused, or claimed to be caused, in whole or in part, because an individual or entity, including a listed course provider, allegedly complied or did not comply with any aspect of the AAA Guidelines.

By continuing to the Guidelines, I agree that I understand and accept the above Disclaimer of Liability on behalf of myself and my organization. In consideration for being permitted to review and use the Guidelines, I AGREE TO RELEASE FROM ANY LEGAL LIABILITY AND AGREE NEVER TO SUE AAA for injury or death allegedly related to the Guidelines, regardless of the cause, including alleged NEGLIGENCE.