The Region OET Program, working in coordination
with the Division OET Program, is able to offer the below programs
Patrollers. Through the dedication and consistency of the Region OET Staff our Region can count on quality
OET training at all levels. Just
to clarify a point, all OET programs are available for skiing, snowboarding and
telemarking Patrollers. The Region OET Staff is made up of skiers
and snowboarders; we can teach to all 3 disciplines. We will work
with your patrol to assist with your OET needs. The main objective of
the Region OET program is to have all OET training within the Region
be consistent. Likewise, it should be provided by those with the
experience and training to present and demonstrate the skills needed. If
you are looking for information relating to the Senior OET program please
check the Senior Program page for details on
clinics. For all OET events please check the Region
Calendar of Events.
Region OET Trainer/Evaluators
Mary Lyn Boberg Jay Biersbach Thad Brown**
Andrea Carr Mosher Roland Lunser Joe
Russo* Michael Russo* Jeffrey
* Eastern Division
OET Staff ** Advisor
Senior Clinic / Evaluation and Challenge Format
The Senior Clinic Evaluation or Challenge format is the OET portion
of the program by which patrollers advance from Basic Patroller to Senior
Patroller. Candidates are evaluated in three areas; Free Skiing ability,
Toboggan Handling skills, and Toboggan Ski Skills. This program is presented by
the Eastern Division OET Staff and Division Senior Trainer/Evaluators.
The Senior Clinic / Evaluation format is a two day, continuous clinic and
evaluation. The Challenge format is a one day event, and is structured more as
an exam, with fewer opportunities for feedback and clinic.
Attend at least one OET clinic prior to attending the evaluation
Continuing Education Clinic
The Continuing Education Clinic is run by Division Trainer / Evaluators and is
required to be completed by all Seniors every three years, starting from the
year in which they complete the Ski and Toboggan portion of the Senior program.
The CE clinic is designed to refresh the skills of existing Seniors, and to
introduce changes in technique and equipment that may have developed since the
Patroller became a senior.
Previously attained the registration classification of Senior.
Toboggan Instructors Course
The Toboggan Instructors Course, also known as Toboggan Phase II, is run by
Division qualified Trainer Evaluators and targeted at the local toboggan
training staff. This course covers the fundamentals of teaching patrollers to
run empty sleds, run loaded sleds, effectively manage a tailrope, and properly
approach the scene of an incident.
To maintain status as a toboggan instructor, the instructor must do one of
the following every three years:
Attend a Division sponsored Senior T/E clinic
Have a Division OET Instructor/Trainer attend one of your toboggan
courses and verify your teaching skills
Retake and successfully complete the Toboggan Instructors course.
This course also qualifies as a Senior elective.
Completion of a Phase I course
Skier / Telemark / Snowboard Enhancement Seminar
Enhancement seminars are two full days, taught by a member of the Eastern
Division PSIA Educational Staff, and facilitated by a member of the Division OET
staff. This program is open to any registered member of the NSP, and
focuses on the development of individual skiing skills. The emphasis is on
having a fun time.
Ski Trainer's Workshop
The ski trainers workshop is conducted annually in December and is open to Region
OET advisors and Division OET staff only.
Ski Trainer Evaluator Clinic
T/E clinics are run by the Division OET staff, and members of the Division OET steering committee. the clinic focus is on preparing the candidate to
return to the Region, and present the Senior Clinic/Challenge event, Senior
Continuing Education, and the Toboggan Instructor program.
PSIA Level I / PSIA Membership
Under a new program established by the Eastern Division, members of the Division
OET Staff are eligible for membership as affiliates in the PSIA, and to take
the PSIA Level 1 instructor exam. For more information, consult the Eastern
Division OET Supervisor.
Toboggan Enhancement Seminar
Toboggan Enhancement Seminars are taught by members of the Division OET staff, and are similar in scope to the Skier Enhancement Seminar. The focus is
on improving the patrollers sled handling skills in a relaxed atmosphere.
Toboggan Instructor Trainers
Toboggan Instructor Trainers are appointed by the Division OET Supervisor on
an annual basis. Appointments are made from among those patrollers who have
completed Phase I, the Global Instructor Module, and the Toboggan Instructors
Clinic (Toboggan Phase II).
While not specifically an OET program, Patroller 101 should draw on the
skills of area toboggan Phase 2 instructors and, if available, Senior Trainer /