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How to Become a Trip Coordinator

The ACC organizes all events through the Event Schedule. All current members can sign-up for an event, but only approved members (termed Trip Coordinators) may post an event.

Due to the potential risks posed by back-country hazards (for example: avalanche, rock fall, climber fall, gear failure, lack of emergency communciation, etc), the Calgary Section completes a basic screening of all members who wish to be a trip coordinator. The screening is a simple due diligence and is not a certification or endorsement of a specific standard such as that required for an ACMG guide. The process is:

  1. First, get experience on how ACC trips are run by participating in a number of trips.
  2. Ensure that you have current First Aid training. The section reimburses $200 for taking First Aid training. All you need to do is lead a section trip within one year of the First Aid course.
  3. Coordinators who wish to organize trips in avalanche terrain require at least AST1.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the Trip Coordinator's Handbook.
  5. Get in contact with the Chair of the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to express your interest in becoming a Trip Coordinator.

Once you are an active Trip Coordinator, we encourage you to take full advantage of our many free or partially subsidized courses and workshops, that allow you to broaden and improve your skills.

To keep your Trip Coordinator status current, you must lead a trip at least once every 3 years. If you do not, your Trip Coordinator status will be removed and you will need to repeat the above process (which should be relatively straight forward the second time around). The Calgary Section hopes that you enjoy leading trips so much that the 3 year time limit is not a problem.

Trip Coordinators may request that their Trip Coordinator status be removed by contacting any of the  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it chairs.

Finally, the Section Executive reserves the right to remove Trip Coordinator status following the guidelines set-out in the section 3.5 of the club by-laws. This is a last resort, and hopefully any issues that arise can first be resolved through a constructive process with one of the Chairs. For example, arrangement of a mentorship with a more experienced member or additional courses (of which many subsidized courses are offered by the club) designed to address any safety concerns.