Avalanche Safety Online is a simple way for ski and snowboard coaches, program leaders, athletes, skiers and snowboarders and resort employees to learn the basics of avalanche safety. It's an educational tool you can utilize at your convenience from your own computer, laptop or mobile device. It was produced by the Bryce and Ronnie Snow Safety Foundation (BRASS) in concert with U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the Utah Avalanche Center.
The Avalanche Safety Online eLearning module is an online course with two separate sections - Introduction to Avalanche Awareness and We Can Manage Our Risk. Each contains valuable information to introduce you to avalanche safety and will take users around 35-45 minutes complete. You may start and stop at your convenience. The Avalanche Safety Online modules are designed to be interactive and engage you in the learning process. Interaction is required for the system to recognize that you've completed that section. There are several methods that enable you to monitor your progress, check your status and ensure that you've completed all sections of each module.
Accessing Avalanche Safety Online
BRASS is offering free access to Avalanche Safety Online. It's simple, with no login required. Just one simple click and you are into the content! Coaches, if you are taking the course for your Level 100 certification, please read the section below and enter the course through the U.S. Ski & Snowboard portal.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Coaches Certification
If you are a U.S. Ski & Snowboard coach and wish to take the course for Level 100 certification, you must enter the course through the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Coaches Education portal. This requires a free login that will tie your course completion to your U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership.
Register for Free Online Login
To access the eLearning modules of Avalanche Safety Online, you must have a free U.S. Ski & Snowboard login (user name/password). Many coaches will already have an account. If you do not have a login, simply click here to register. There is no cost or obligation.
Sign in to Avalanche Safety Online
Once you have a U.S. Ski & Snowboard login, you may sign in to Avalanche Safety Online through the U.S. Ski & Snowboard portal. To access the course materials, simply click here. Use your U.S. Ski & Snowboard login to gain access to the course materials. Once into the opening page, look for the yellow gift box icon and the Click Here to Access Avalanche Awareness link. Then you're in!
This tutorial will highlight how to use those tools to make your learning process easy to navigate and progress through the material. Each module has it's own box where you can enter the module by clicking on the "Explore Topic" button. Each box also shows your completion status of each module with the red Progress Bar in the bottom right corner of each module. If the Progress Bar is all red, you have completed that module. If blue is showing in the progress bar, there are still sections within the module that require completion.
Click on the progress bar and you will see a Table of Contents listing each section of the module. All sections completed will have a green checkmark, while uncompleted sections will show as a white circle. Clicking on any topic in this menu will take you directly to that section in module. In the above example, the user has not completed the Video. Clicking on the title in the menu will take the user directly to the desired section so it can be viewed and marked complete.
Completing Sections within the Modules
Each module is broken up into sections of learning blocks. Each section requires some level of interactivity to complete. The easiest way to see the interactivity is to look for items, graphics or menus in red or dark blue. For videos, click the play button on each video to start the video. Once you have viewed the video, it will indicate completion of that section containing the video.
The interactivity in each module is intended to engage you and to help retain information. The modules are intentionally designed to use a variety of interactivity methods to keep you engaged in the process. These modules are designed to help you in your coaching practice. Take the time to read through the material and interact with the system, you will learn more about coaching with intent of giving you more resources to coach your athletes as effectively as possible.
The box containing the educational text will display different information as each red box at the top is clicked. Once all red boxes are clicked, the section will be marked complete.
At the end of each major section and each module, there will be a series of Knowledge Checks. These "quizzes" are not graded, but are an opportunity to refresh and reinforce the material in that section. They do not need to be answered correctly to indicate completion, but the user must submit all attempts (2 attempts in the below example) for the system to recognize completion.