About the CSP

Vision statement

The CSP is Canada’s leader in certifying ski patrollers and advanced first aid personnel to our on-snow resort partners.

Mission statement

To promote safety and injury prevention and to provide the highest possible standards of education, certification and delivery in first aid and rescue services to the snow industry.

Facts and numbers

Dr. Douglas Firth

  • Founded by Dr. Douglas Firth in 1941

  • Comprised of 4,496 volunteers from coast to coast to coast in Canada in 61 Zones and nine Divisions

  • Non-profit charitable organization. The Corporation was constituted under the name of "The Canadian Ski Patrol System" as a non-profit Corporation, without share capital, under Letters Patent issued under the seal of the Secretary of State of Canada, and dated the 20th of August 1962.

  • Our Patron is the Governor General of Canada His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston.

  • The majority of CSP members volunteer their time for the services they deliver. A number also become paid patrollers at ski resorts across Canada.

  • The CSP also provides on-snow training, safety and accident scene management training to members

  • The advanced first-aid course is recognized by the Federal Government (HRSDC) and the majority of the provinces in Canada.

  • The CSP also provides on-snow training, safety and accident scene management training to members.

  • Patrollers must recertify their first-aid qualifications every year by taking a refresher course that is a minimum of 16 hours and passing a written, skills and diagnostic exam.

  • The CSP medical advisory committee is comprised of five physicians and the pre-hospital care advisory committee is comprised of six pre-hospital care or hospital emergency workers.

  • Provides first-aid services at 230 Alpine and Nordic ski areas across Canada.

  • Provided 260,000 hours of service to these ski areas last winter.

  • Provided 12,000 hours of first-aid services at off-snow events which includes events such as marathons, mountain bike races, concerts, etc.

  • Have provided services at Canadian Olympic and Paralympic events, Young Canada and Provincial Winter Games, Canadian and provincial championships and various World Cup Races held in Canada.

  • Patrollers pay an average of $200 each year to be a member of the CSP.

  • Patrollers cover the cost of their uniform and first aid kit or vest with an approximate cost of $500.

  • Safety Now Program and Snow Smart Program are delivered to school aged children.

  • Supports the National Avalanche Awareness programs and provides avalanche training to patrollers.

  • The CSP has its own VHF radio frequency.

  • Provides rescue sleds and equipment at many ski areas across Canada.

  • Provides insurance coverage for each member for the first aid services provided.

  • Have members on both national and international ski, first-aid, and rescue bodies such as the Canadian Ski Council, regional ski area associations, and International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR)

  • Is a founding member of the Fédération Internationale des Patrouilles de Ski (FIPS); an international corporation made up of ski patrol organisations representing ski patrollers and ski safety bodies in their respective countries.

  • Patrollers must be at least 18 years of age and come from all walks of life from students to retirees.

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