Meet Evelyn Chelley – From Ski Patroller to BASP Trainer & Member

It was the positivity and energy I experienced during a course at Glenmore Lodge that inspired me to sign up for the BASP Ski Patrol Course in December 2017.

Geoff, Mark and Kate led an initial 3 excellent days of training at Glenmore Lodge. This prepared us for the final 2 days at Nevis Range, practising on the hill with Geoff and his patrol team and Richard Bentley taking us for a valuable mountain skills session. An outstanding season meant I experienced some fantastic days (with plenty of banter!),shadowing Kate’s patrol team at Glenshee and meeting some great characters. I was able to look back with nostalgia on skiing the Glenshee slopes and wearing a First Aid bib 30 years previously, whilst studying in Aberdeen.

My interest in First Aid and the enthusiasm generated from making more time to spend in the hills led me to respond to the Trainer Recruitment advert andsubsequently beginning the BASP’s Trainee Trainers programme.  A Trainers Day held at Glenmore Lodge in May provided a brilliant opportunity to meet the BASP training team as they discussed training kit, considered current delivery and updated course content.

Since then, it has been really beneficial and a genuine pleasure to work with Rod, Fred, Keith and Christine;shadowing their First Aid course. These courses are attended by an array of outdoor enthusiasts who appreciate the hands-on experience, good humour and wealth of knowledge that the instructors bring.

This was again clear when in October I spent a great couple of days at the BASP AGM and Training Weekend in Onich, Fort William. So many highly trained and experienced professionals contributing to what was a hugely interesting and resourceful programme of speakers and workshops.

I am thrilled to be involved and working with BASP,  thanks to all who have encouraged and helped me along the way.

Evelyne Chelley (Ski Patroller/BASP First Aid Trainer)

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