MEM Course Sommer 2019

Mountain Emergency Medicine Course Sommer

Welcome to the Air Zermatt Training Center

Practicing Emergency Medical Service in the mountains can be extremely challenging. High altitude, extreme temperatures, strong winds, unpredictable weather, weight issues, limited resources and no place for mistakes.

With 50 years’ experience and 40`000+ Helicopter rescues, we are offering to transfer our knowledge and experience with courses on a high level that prepares you for demanding rescues under extreme conditions.

MEM only Summer Course

6000 CHF if only Winter Course

MEM Courses can also be booked as a package

9200 CHF for MEM Winter + MEM Summer Course

13`200 CHF for MEM Winter + Summer + HEMS Course


14.09. – 22.09.2019 

Course Price:

6000 CHF if only Summer Course
9200 CHF for MEM Winter + MEM Summer Course
13`200 CHF for MEM Winter + Summer + HEMS Course


  • working as a healthcare professional or as a rescuer for a medical/rescue organization
  • active mountaineers
  • you must be able to master the following knots prior the course:
  • italian hitch
  • figure of 8
  • clove hitch
  • overhand slip knot
  • fisherman knot
  • prusik


Course fee, Helicopter flight time, accommodation, hotel night starting from the night before the course starts. Single room while in Zermatt, multiple beds while in Ticino for canyoning training.
Zermatt: breakfast +lunch. Ticino: breakfast + dinner (lunch inside the canyon in form of snacks)

Not included:

Gear rental, dinner while being in Zermatt


You will receive a pretest approximately 4 weeks before course starts by email. You can either send it back electronically or turn it in on the first day before the course starts.

How to get to Zermatt:

We advise to fly either to ZRH or GVA and taking the train to Zermatt. From ZRH it is a very convenient train ride to Zermatt, changing the train only once. We suggest to book the train ticket 4 weeks prior:
The earlier you buy it, the cheaper the tickets are.
Directions to Zermatt Helibase click here

Terms and Conditions:

By booking the course participants expressly accept our effective “General Terms and Conditions” statement.


This Program will change according to weather. I kindly request that we stay flexible and adapt according to those factors.

Saturday        Helicopter Rescue

  • 0900 @ Air Zermatt Base
  • HEMS/SAR Presentation in the Classroom
  • Training Sessions on Hovering Operations / Longline at the Heliport
  • Lunch in Zermatt
  • Taking off with the H125 Helicopter
  • Hovering Operations with Helicopter (getting in/out in steep terrain while hovering)
  • Longline Operations with Helicopter at high altitude
  • Sleeping at Hotel Alpina or Hotel Tannenhof, Zermatt

Sunday        Mountaineering skills / rescue techniques

  • Moving to Riffelberg/Zermatt
  • Basic and Advanced Mountaineering Skills
  • Ropes
  • Knots (the essential ones for mountaineering and rescues)
  • Belay
  • Pulley system
  • Installing a fixed rope system for rescue
  • Lunch in the field (Lunch packages are getting prepared)
  • Moving back to the Helicopter Base
  • Search and Rescue Principles (Classroom)
  • Helicopter Rescue Principles with Simulation
  • Practical sessions in the difficult terrain
  • Assessment / Treatment and Casualty packaging under difficult situations
  • Sleeping at Hotel Alpina or Hotel Tannenhof, Zermatt

Monday        Load transfer System

  • Training session to rig up the load transfer system and rehearsal
  • Lunch at Restaurant in Zermatt
  • Flying into vertical walls on the Longline and practicing insertion/extraction with the load transfer system
  • Sleeping at Hotel Alpina or Hotel Tannenhof, Zermatt

Tuesday       Helicopter Rescue

  • HEMS Simulation
  • Medical considerations during Helicopter mountain rescue
  • AMS / HACE / HAPE / Analgesia for high altitude and mountain rescue setting
  • Lunch at Restaurant in Zermatt
  • Case scenarios with H125 and casualties
  • Search
  • Land/hover/hoist or longline
  • Casualty assessment + treatment
  • Extraction by Longline
  • Departing to Ticino
  • Hotel in Ticino

Wednesday    Swift Water Training

  • Swift Water Rescue Techniques
  • Basic Canyoneering Techniques
  • Hotel in Ticino

Thursday        Canyoneering

  • Hotel in Ticino

Friday             Canyoneering

  • Hotel in Ticino

Saturday         Extended Canyoning Tour with multiple stations and rescue scenarios

  • Hotel in Ticino


  • Final exam in Ticino
  • handover of certificate
  • end of course by 13:00


Our course program is certified by the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR), the International Society for Mountain Medicine (ISMM) and by the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) and meets and exceeds the criteria of the “Specialty Course Mountain Emergency Medicine” including the “Add-on Module Air Rescue” by far.


International Diploma of Mountain Emergency Medicine ICAR UIAA ISMM

If you also are an emergency physician, paramedic or any other advanced medical provider and if you hold the International Diploma for Mountain Medicine (DiMM), you can be accredited for the International Diploma for Mountain Emergency Medicine (DiMEM) after completing our course.
We recommend to earn the DiMM through the University of New Mexico, as they are holding a very high course standard and are closely affiliated with Air Zermatt.

Continues Medical Education Credits:

SGNOR (Swiss Society for Emergency and Rescue Medicine:  20 CMEs

IACCFP (International Association for Critical Care and Flight Paramedics: 

10 non-medical / 5 medical CMEs

Equipment List:

  • Mountaineering Clothes, please note that cold temperatures can be possible
    year round in Zermatt
  • Gloves (technical)
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • HelmetHarness
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen 50+
  • Head lamp
  • Backpack

  • 2 HMS carabiners
  • 2 screw or trible lock carabiners
  • 1 band sling (240 cm)
  • 2 Prusik slings
  • Belay/abseil device
  • 2 x 6 mm 2 m cords
  • 2 x 6 mm 5 m cords
  • 2 carabiners

  • Fleece underwear for canyoning
  • Towel
  • Swimsuit

Please email the course instructor if you have any questions regarding the equipment. Gear Rental Shops are available in Zermatt.

MEM only Summer Course is booked

3600 CHF if only Winter Course is booked

MEM Courses can also be booked as a package

9200 CHF for MEM Winter + MEM Summer Course

13`200 CHF for MEM Winter + Summer + HEMS Course