The primary goal of the South American Beacon Project is to provide avalanche safety equipment to workers in South America.
However, with this comes a second goal: to provide free basic avalanche education to South Americans. Avalanche education is hard to access in South America. The few courses that exist are are either too expensive or too far away for the few who can afford them.
We offer three levels of training all of which are free:
Basic Rescue Clinic: This 2-3 hour clinic will teach people who already have beacons or are interested in getting one: how a beacon functions, its basic anatomy, and how to perform a partner rescue. Outdoor. (Open to any student)
Basic Avalanche Awareness and Rescue Clinic: This is a one day course on an introductory level teaches: anatomy of an avalanche. weather, snowpack (basic), terrain and their effect on avalanches. Partner or group rescue (depending on the groups level of previous rescue knowledge). Indoor and outdoor. (Professionals only)
If you are part of a rescue organization, a business whose employees work in avalanche terrain, or school whom would like to increase avalanche education within your group please email the director, Alex Taran, at firstname.lastname@example.org for existing class schedules or to schedule a class.