Certified Snowmobile Training Courses
These courses are the only snowmobile programs recognized by Worksafe BC. Taught by our certified instructors these courses are designed to give you the skills to operate your snowmobile safely and effectively in the field. Course content for the Avalanche Skills Training (AST1) and material developed by the CAC; and the snowmobile operator courses are provided through the BC Snowmobile Federation (BCSF). The AST 1 is a prerequisite for those who want to go on to do the Avalanche Operations Level 1 Snowmobile Course with the Canadian Avalanche Association.
At Canadian Wilderness Adventures we have been training our guides to safely lead beginners into the wilderness for 20 years and as a result are a world leader in our specialized area of expertise – snowmobiling! Canadian has been at the forefront of snowmobile tours and training and has helped the BC Commercial Snowmobile Operators with their “best operating standards” for guided tours in BC. Along with adopting the training standards and guidelines provided by the BCSF, CAC and the BCCSOA, our highly skilled guides have become instructors and have credibility through years of experience.
We have easy access to alpine bowls and BC’s finest snowmobile playground which allows us more time to learn about our surroundings and the power of the mountain!
Our one day BCSF Safe Operator course is for anyone who uses a snowmobile, whether it be for work or play anyone can benefit from being a safe operator. As an added bonus receive a 10% discount when insuring your snowmobile with Capri Insurance just by taking the safe operator course.
Our two day course (industrial) is intended for those who need a snowmobile for work, it is Worksafe BC recognized and takes your skills one step further.
1 Day – Safe Operators Snowmobile Course – $175 plus 5% GST
This 1 day program gives you an overview of how to safely operate and maintain your snowmobile, what to look for internally and externally, as well as ensuring you have the proper equipment with you when you are going for a ride. This program is meant to either refresh your snowmobile techniques or will allow a complete beginner to handle their first ride.
2 Day - Industrial Snowmobile Operator – $350 plus 5% GST
This BCSF 2 day program covers the Safe Operator and Worksafe requirements as well as more complex riding skills, loading and unloading your equipment and ensuring your machine is ready for a day at the office. A building block course that starts off with maintenance, safety, day and night travel, plus more extensive riding techniques for those who are required to travel off the beaten path. Oh and we’ll show you how to get unstuck when you venture too far off the path.
Combo Package – Industrial Snowmobile Operator Course plus Avalanche Skills Training 1 - $575 plus 5% GST
This course is a condensed program that covers the 2 day Industrial Snowmobile Operators course and a 2.5 day AST1 in 3 days with an evening session on day1. The course is intended to provide your staff with critical decision making skills that will allow them to complete your project efficiently with safety first. This course has classroom and field components that will allow ample time to learn key aspects of snowmobile use on trail and in more difficult terrain. This program will provide you with Worksafe BC regulations Part 16 – competency of operator/mobile equipment and will be a basis for regulations Part 4.1.1 – snow avalanche assessment.
Snowmobile Avalanche Skills Training (AST) 1 – $350 plus 5% GST
This course is a “must do” for anyone snowmobiling in the mountains! Using national course standards developed by the Canadian Avalanche Center (CAC), this snowmobile specific course teaches you entry level decision making framework and basic backcountry safety for your group. The program starts with an evening session for classroom learning, followed by two full days in the field.
Course Dates: TBA
AST 1 Snowmobile Courses
2.5 days – First day is evening course, followed by 2 full days in the field
BCSF Safe Operator, Industrial or combo courses – book individual course or combo package – Industrial Snowmobile and AST1
Day 1 – Safe Operators course and evening session for AST 1
Day 2 – AST 1 field day and industrial operator second day
Day 3 – AST 1 field day
Josh Livermore: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Course Information for all Snowmobile programs:
Ride your own snowmobile, it must be in good running order (and Canadian’s Instructor have the rights to decline use of machine), or rent one of our 4 stroke BRP Expedition Sports (600ACE or 900 ACE). Machines are available on first come first serve basis, please book in advance.
- Rental rate is $300/day including fuel, helmet, goggles, gloves, pants, jackets, boots
- $20/day plus tax Collision coverage is available with a zero deductible or a pre-authorization on your credit card is required
- $20/day trail access fee required
- Must be 16 and have a valid driver’s license in your country of origin
- Must have transportation to the training facility in the Callaghan Valley, pre-arranged transportation is available
- Minimum 4 clients required for course to operate, unless rentals are required, then minimum is 2 clients
- For Combo or AST1 courses each participant must have a transceiver, probe, shovel and backpack (rental available as a package $25/day plus tax or individual, limited supplies please book in advance),
- For field days you will require extra outdoor gear, food, water and anything else you need for your day in the backcountry
- Each participant must have a basic knowledge or previous riding skills