Southern California Region




Outdoor Emergency Care® is the NSP’s award-winning training program for patrollers and others in the recreation community who deal with emergency situations. This nationally recognized program is designed to help you manage the toughest emergencies, in all seasons. Developed in the late 1980s for the 26,000 members of the National Ski Patrol, Outdoor Emergency Care is a training program that is tailored to the nonurban rescuer. Over the years, OEC has evolved to address the needs of other outdoor-based emergency care providers too, including wilderness medical technicians, river rafting and mountaineering guides, members of search and rescue groups, mountain bike patrollers, and parks and recreation employees. Today, OEC is considered the standard of training for emergency care in the outdoor environment and is recognized by resorts and recreational facilities in all 50 states.

Outdoor Emergency Care courses are conducted throughout the year. Registered classes can be found here.

Medical professionals with the following credentials can challenge the course with abbreviated training: EMT, M.D./D.O., PA/NP, RN, or LPN.

Looking for a First Aid Course of a lower level than OEC? The Outdoor First Care (OFC) course was designed for those that might be first on scene and don't have an OEC Certification.

Program Supervisor  Steve Sue