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BCSF Sled Safe Safety Program Courses
Last season, we totally revamped our safety course program, complete with a new name and more options to meet your needs. Safety is our top priority and we hope it is yours too! Check out our list of available courses and talk with your club to see about setting one up in your area. You know what is great - most of these courses are free to members!
* Click on the course links to read more:
1) Snowmobile Operator (Recreational)
2) Industrial Snowmobile Operator
3) Industrial Snowmobile Operator Re-Currency
4) BCSF Snowmobile Instructor
5) Snowmobile Patrol Leader
6) Snowmobile Patrol Member
The Snowmobile Operator Course is a one day, on the snow, course aimed at the recreational rider. It offers instruction on basic snowmobile maintenance, regulations dealing with snowmobiling, and Snowmobile operation. The Operation training covers riding strategies, starting, warming up and stopping the engine, starting out, moving forward and backward, braking (normal & emergency), turns, obstacles, U-turns, riding over hills and side hilling.
The Industrial Snowmobile Operator Course is a two day course that offers employees who use a snowmobile in their work description the same lesson plans as the Snowmobile Safe Operators Course on the first day. Day two involves specific training on Work Safe BC policy while operating a snowmobile, plus more difficult and challenging riding on a snowmobile.
The Industrial Snowmobile Operator Re-Currency Course is a one-day course that offers a review of a previously taken Industrial Snowmobile Safe Operators Course and updating a rider’s knowledge to ensure the participant continues to practice safe riding habits.
The BCSF Snowmobile Instructor Course is a three day course for a person to receive their designation as a qualified Instructor for the BCSF. Day one consists of the person receiving and passing the Snowmobile Operator Course. This first day is to demonstrate to the candidate how it feels to receive the instruction on the new course. Day two consists of the distribution of the training packages for instructing the previously mentioned courses, along with reviewing the applicable training guides for each one. Each candidate will be assigned a portion of the Snowmobile Operator Course material to teach to their fellow candidates on Day three. For BCSF members that will be teaching the Snowmobile Patrol Courses, there will be additional instruction on the use of the applicable guides for these courses. Day three consists of each candidate teaching their portion of the Snowmobile Safe Operator Course to their fellow candidates. There will be a formal evaluation of both the practical and lecture skills.
The Snowmobile Patrol Leader Course is a one day course. It consists of classroom instruction only. It is training that is given to potential Snowmobile Patrol Leaders. These are snowmobile members that will be qualifying fellow members to be part of the Snowmobile Patrol. It covers the Snowmobile Patrol History and function. The Snowmobile Patrol Manual is reviewed, case studies are used to offer guidance on how to communicate with the public while on patrol and Emergency Rescue Planning is discussed. There is a written test. The cost of this course will be agreed upon between the BCSF and the local club(s).
The Snowmobile Patrol Member Course is what is taught by the Snowmobile Patrol Leader at club level. This is a classroom course that will cover the previously mentioned criteria for the candidate to be qualified as a member of the Snowmobile Patrol. The cost of this course will be determined at club level
If you are interested in taking any of the courses, please contact the BCSF office with your request; these requests will then be handled by the BCSF Safety Coordinator and a training schedule will be set up. We look forward to hearing from you!!!