Outdoor Emergency Transportation
Don Messier, Region OET Staff Supervisor
Outdoor Emergency Transportation (OET) is the new name for the old Ski and Toboggan program. The department maintains a large staff to manage four primary programs:
- Toboggan Enhancement Seminars
- Skiing Enhancement Seminars
- Senior OET Training and Examination
- Instructor Training and Continuing Ed
Toboggan Enhancement Seminars are open to all levels of ski/snowboarding ability. The primary goal is to offer events across NH that offer a safe and nurturing environment where individual patrollers seeking to improve their skills receive guided practice and coaching. Multiple Toboggan based events are available, check the monthly calendar for seminars scheduled close to your local mountain.
Skiing Enhancement is only scheduled once per season, typically on the last Sunday of January at Waterville Valley. This event is coached by Kathy Brennen, the Examiner Development Coach for the Eastern Division of the Professional Ski Instructors Association (PSIA). All levels of ability are welcome, Kathy has a way of integrating learning for a group of 10 students into a very individualized fashion. The day is spent on mostly blue and green trails, practicing the mechanics of efficient skiing. Everybody walks away with improvements and breakthroughs.
Senior OET training is the largest of the OET programs. It revolves around multiple clinical opportunities around NH, including small ski areas, as well as the big resorts. Achieving Senior level toboggan handling and snowboarding/skiing criteria become the goal. A large contingent of NH Region OET staff members attend the clinics to lower the student to coach ratio. Senior Candidates have an opportunity to receive personalized attention from multiple trainers over the season. The examination is held on the first Sunday of March.
NH Region OET is also charged with managing the development and continuing education of all the OET Instructors spread out across the state. The local OET Instructors are required to upgrade their teaching skills, improve their performance skills and attend various Continuing Ed modules. NH Region OET often schedules several events per season for both new and refreshing Instructors.
Most of the events are deliberately scheduled around the state to provide student convenience. Check out the calendar and the Course Registration page for event availability. The OET Staff is always available to Patrol Directors who might need a customized course to meet specific local needs. Feel free to contact the Regional OET Supervisor to discuss customizing a course.
Senior OET Program
What are Senior Candidate's requirements to qualify for the Senior OET Exam?
What is the typical training commitment for successfully passing the Senior OET Exam?
What is the best way to find out about the details of becoming a Senior OET Candidate?
Do I really need to attend the Senior OET Pre-Test?
After I pass the Senior OET Exam, am I considered a Senior Alpine Patroller?
Find and contact the closest Senior OET Trainer-Evaluator -- possibly from your local mountain...
Senior Outdoor Emergency Transportation StaffThe NH Region Senior OET Staff is available to answer questions and help customize training programs.
|NH Region||OET Staff|
|Sr OET Supervisor||Don Messier, Waterville|
|Sr OET T-E||Ed Berry, Pat's Peak|
|Sr OET T-E||0rest 0har, Ragged Mtn.|
|Sr OET T-E||Paul Kelly, Ragged Mtn.|
|Sr OET T-E||Sue Kelly, Ragged Mtn.|
|Sr OET T-E||Deb Brown, Ragged Mtn.|
|Sr OET T-E||Lisa Kling, Ragged Mtn.|
|Sr OET T-E||Jake Jacobson, King Pine|
|Sr OET T-E||Jeff Hayes, Waterville|
|Sr OET T-E||Gregor Trinkaus-Randall, Crotchet|
|Sr OET T-E||Karen Keane, Dartmouth|
|Sr OET T-E||Phil Manseau, Pat's Peak|
|Sr OET T-E||Mike Techiera, Loon Mtn.|
|Sr OET T-E||Mike Webber, Loon Mtn.|
|Regional OET Instuctor||John Riley, Pat's Peak|
|Regional OET Instuctor||Walter Hoeckle, Ragged Mtn.|
...Becoming an OET Instructor (formally ATI)
Do I need to be a Senior Patroller to apply for OET Instructor?
What are the prerequisites before I can begin mentoring?
What is the mentoring process like?
OET teaches all lessons in progression 15-minute in length, strung together to teach students all required skills. Learning how to teach this effectively often takes enough time to be able to cover the entire OET curriculum. Your Mentors will decide after several teaching evaluations when you have mastered the curriculum and can instruct at the required performance level. When you are ready, you will get to perform several randomly chosen lessons in front of an Instructor Trainer who had no involvement in your mentoring.
Is there a test for becoming an OET Instructor?
NH Region OET schedules an annual “OET Final Observation” on the third Saturday of March. This gives trainees a goal to work towards as they prepare to show the lessons they’ve created.
What is the best type of preparation for making it to a Final Observation?
How can I find a qualified Mentor?
Once I am appointed as an OET Instructor, do I need to return for refreshers and Continuing Ed?
Lastly, for Quality Assurance purposes, every OET Instructor must be re-observed by an IT while teaching a minimum of one lesson in three years. Once you become an NSP Instructor, it is best to teach as an IOR or at least appear as an Assisting Instructor on multiple courses per three-year time frame. This provides you with a track record of teaching, which NSP will be tracking in the new computer database.