Written by Lisa Kling — NSP offers a nationwide Women’s Ski and Toboggan designed to bring women Patrollers together with Women S&T trainers for one day or multiple day weekend clinics. This is a great opportunity for all women patrollers of all ability levels to join in and have plenty of individual and group instruction on patroller skills and toboggan handling techniques to improve overall performance and personal confidence.
“Women’s Programs” in general are designed to operate and be conducted with female ergonomics in mind. Even though toboggan transport operations are theoretically the same for men and women alike, there are subtle physiological differences that make training women varied in part.
A lower center of gravity and often times less upper body muscle mass sometimes dictates a different approach to guiding a loaded (and unloaded) toboggan down terrain smoothly and efficiently for the patients and ourselves as rescue providers. This is not to say that we should train only with women Instructors, rather that when we do have the chance to we could greatly benefit from the event.
Our women’s clinics are low key to the extent that we move at the speed of the various groups that we have divided up. No individual is pushed too hard or too slow. We propose participants to try performing skills and techniques that we as qualified and experienced Instructors determine you are truly capable of but maybe have just not had the encouragement and or opportunity to attempt in other environments of your patrolling career.
The Women’s Program clinics are not in any way “Spoon Feeding with Sugar”. We still set forth challenges for all individuals; we still require you to be on time, pay attention, be ambitious, speak up when appropriate and TRY NEW THINGS. Like any other clinic, CO-ED or not it’s up to you what you get out of it. We do our very best to instruct, demonstrate and encourage you to achieve the most that you can through your participation.
The reward for us as Instructors teaching at a Women’s S&T event comes from seeing participants experience improvements and gain confidence. So many of NSP’s women are talented patrollers, working in these events offers a nurturing environment for finding your own personal breakthroughs.
NSP women, join for some very productive and fun training! Sign up for our annual NH Region Women’s S&T event (found at the bottom of this page), find one on the Eastern Division website that better fits your schedule, or email NH Region’s S&T women staff members for more details
Email the Women’s Program Advisor with comments and questions.