Over-Snow Vehicle Operations

OVER-SNOW VEHICLE OPERATIONS PROGRAM

DESCRIPTION

This program provides the confidence and competency to safely operate an over-snow vehicle including the systematic, safe and efficient control of all vehicle functions and the effective management of hazardous conditions. This applies to use for transportation of personnel and/or resources in snow covered terrain.

APPLICATION

The aim of this program is to develop the knowledge and skills required to safely undertake over-snow operations on over-snow vehicles such as skidoos, snowcats and all-terrain vehicles (ATV) in a variety of activities in a snow environment.

DURATION

  • 1-2 days (depending on experience of cohort)

UNITS OF COMPETENCY

  • PUASES015 Operate over-snow vehicle

COURSE CONTENT

  • Demonstrate and apply minimal environmental impact and the 7 principles of “Leave No Trace”
  • Planning for overnight activities in remote alpine environments
  • Consideration and appreciation of navigation in unmodified alpine terrain under extreme environmental conditions and poor visibility
  • Legislation, rules, regulations and responsibilities applicable to use of over-snow vehicles
  • General maintenance, fuelling precautions and trouble shooting
  • Pre-use inspection
  • Body positioning, manoeuvring and braking
  • Over-snow vehicle handling techniques in various terrain

- Groomed/ungroomed trails
- Hard-packed snow
- Uphill and downhill
- Traversing fall lines
- Unfamiliar territory

  • Emergency procedures including:
        - Deep/soft snow
        - Recovery of a bogged over-snow vehicle
        - Roll-over procedures and abort manoeuvres

  • Towing
  • Incident Reporting
  • Refurbishment of equipment and resources
  • Backcountry safety considerations

PRE-REQUISITES

There are no formal pre-requisites for this program. However, participants are required to have a current valid drivers licence and an over-snow licence issued by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Also, due to the nature of the program participants are required to be previously trained and experienced in alpine survival protocols.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is conducted by Risk Response + Rescue using evidence of skills and knowledge obtained throughout the program.

CERTIFICATION

A Statement of Attainment listing individual units of competency will be issued to participants upon successful completion.

MAX COURSE SIZE

6 Participants

COMPLIANCE

  • National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2002
  • National Parks and Wildlife Safety Guidelines for Activities in Kosciuszko National Park, NSW
  • NSW Road Transport (General) Act 1999
  • NSW Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999
  • NSW Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Act 1998
  • NSW Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Act 1997
  • AS ISO 31000:2018

COURSE MATERIAL

Each participant will receive a learner resource kit.