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:

Avalanche Awarness Presentations: The basics on: what are avalanches, what causes them, and the tools needed to perform rescue. This is a 2-3 hour indoor presentation. (Open to any student)

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,IMG_1795 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 for existing class schedules or to schedule a class.

4 Responses to Education

  1. Jorge says:

    Hi i’m a chilean mountaineer and student and i’m get involvet in to mix the mountaneering and ski. I would like to know how can i go to a course, teh date and the requierments to that. I don’t have a beacon yet, but soon. Gracias y Saludos!.

    Jorge Bustos.

    • admin says:


      If you are still interested in getting involved please email me alexandra@southamericanbeaconproject at the start of the season, I will have a better idea of the class dates. We would love to see you at one!

  2. Justin says:

    Hola Alejandra,
    I’m certified Avy 2 and living in Chile (close to Chillan). Let me know if I can help with anything in the future.

    Read about you and the program through Backcountry mag.

    • admin says:

      Hola Justin,

      Eres Chileno? We always can use some form of help down there. The potential of the project is huge! We do a lot of work in Las Trancas area, circa de Chillan. We teach all of our classes in Spanish. Will you be around this July?

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