Outdoor Emergency Care Program

The Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) Program is National Ski Patrol’s (NSP) award-winning educational program for patrollers and others in the recreational community who deal with emergency situations. This program is designed to educate individuals to manage the toughest emergency situations, in all seasons. 

Developed in the late 1980’s for the over 28,000 members of the NSP, OEC is a training program that is specifically tailored for the non-urban, outdoor rescuer. OEC has evolved to address the needs of others working in the outdoor environment, including not only ski patrollers but wilderness medical technicians, river rafting guides, mountaineering guides, members of search and rescue groups, parks and recreation employees, and bike patrols. 

Today, OEC is considered the standard of training for emergency care in outdoor environments and is recognized by resorts and recreational facilities in all 50 states. Programs include: 

For more information, visit the NSP OEC Page

OEC Program Advisor