Safety is Freedom!

Learn how to make off-piste and ski touring acceptably safe. Henry is coming to Plymouth Snowsports Centre to give a series of Training sessions and Talks as part of the HAT ORTOVOX annual Off-piste UK Tour. Learn how to apply the key off-piste safety points at his Essentials Talk, and practice rescue & transceiver training skills with him around the slopes of Plymouth SnowSports Centre. These are vital skills for anyone heading off-piste this winter,  plus they help you to have more fun! 

Rescue Training

Training Session learning & improving your Rescue Skills

‘Companion rescue’ training shows you how to get your fellow skiers out from under the snow in 15 minutes or less, if any of you get caught and buried by an avalanche.

15 minutes is the target amount of time because according to the international avalanche safety community, that is the window of time in which a victim has the most chances of survival. According to the Utah Avalanche Center “Statistics show that 93 percent of avalanche victims can be recovered alive if they are dug out within the first 15 minutes, but then the numbers drop catastrophically. After 45 minutes, only 20-30 percent are still alive and after two hours almost no one is alive.”

Transceiver training Manchester

Essentials Talk

Henry will explore the key decisions you need to make to reduce your risk of getting caught by an avalanche when you’re off-piste. These decisions are about where you go, how you go and how well prepared you are for a crisis. The talk comes with our Avalanche Prevention card, giving a ‘quick reference’ back to those key accident reduction points, and works as a memory aid that you can refer back to again and again. If you make the right decisions and apply the points, this will help make your off-piste skiing as safe as driving to the resort itself … IF applied.

Provisional Events as follows:

Friday Oct 4th: Essentials Talk 6 – 7:45pm Plymouth Snowsports Centre 

Saturday Oct 5th (2 x sessions) Transceiver/ Rescue training 10:30am-13:30 & 1:30-4:30pm (10-12 max per session) ..

Followed by an informal discussion time, ‘dinner with Henry’ 6.30-9pm.

Sunday Oct 6th Transceiver/ Rescue training 10:30am-13:30pm 

Sunday Oct 6th Essentials Talk ‘open to all’ 4pm-5:45

Monday Oct 7th 6-7:45pm: Accident Prevention, Avalanche Accidents & Surgical – Never Events “Patient Safety is Freedom” presented by Henry with Surgeons and healthcare professionals as guest speakers. For a quick intro to this subject-matter, see this link for a 2 minute video summary

To get details for each event and book tickets, click on the links below for each event

Transceiver training sessions are £75 per person

Talks are £19.50 per person 

Use code hatmultipletalks or hatmultipletransceiver for 10% discount when you book more than one ticket to each event.

For further descriptions on the sessions see this link 

Essentials Talk (Plymouth) 4th October 2024

Essentils talk off piste skiing

Essentials Talk (Plymouth) 6th October 2024

Essentils talk off piste skiing

Transceiver training (Plymouth) 5th October morning

Essentils talk off piste skiing

Transceiver training (Plymouth) 5th October afternoon

Essentils talk off piste skiing

Transceiver training (Plymouth) 6th October 2024

Essentils talk off piste skiing

Can I please recommend Henry’s excellent avalanche rescue training sessions.  Henry gives very clear advice about the steps to take. His course includes really helpful practical exercises covering all stages of transceiver search, location and retrieval plus an overview of digging and probing – with very useful tips and feedback throughout. This training is absolutely indispensable for all off piste skiers. Thank you Henry!

Dr Tejina Mangat

MD & Barrister

Each session includes a memory aid pack

In our transceiver training sessions, you will learn how to be well prepared and use your avalanche safety equipment. This concentrates on the role of the avalanche transceiver plus the shovel and probe.

By the end of the training you will feel able to find a victim in around 5 minutes and recover (dig them out) in 15 minutes.  You will also understand about the best way to use a probe and to dig the victim out.

Safety is Freedom!