Emergency Medicine
Course Summer

Mountain Emergency Medicine (MEM) Course Summer including canyoning, HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training and HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) part two.

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 more than 50 years’ experience and over 50`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.

Next course

Date: September 12th-19th 2020
Course price: CHF 6'200.00 per person
Included: Course fee, helicopter flight time, accommodation (hotel & mountain hut), hotel night starting from the night before the course starts. Single room while in Zermatt, multiple beds while in Ticino for canyoning training.
During the course days in Zermatt: breakfast and lunch. During the cousre days in Ticino: breakfast and dinner (lunch inside the canyon in form of snacks).
Not included: Gear rental, dinner while being in Zermatt and Sursee.
Course language: English


  • working as a healthcare professional or as a rescuer for a medical/rescue organization
  • active mountaineer
  • 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


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


This Program will change according to weather and snow-conditions. We kindly request that we stay flexible and adapt according to those factors. Course includes in the programm canyoning and Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) and Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS ) part two.

Equipment list

  • mountaineering clothes, please note that cold temperatures can be possible year-round in Zermatt
  • gloves (technical)
  • mountaineering boots
  • helmet
  • harness
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen 50+
  • head lamp
  • backpack
  • 2 HMS carabiners
  • 2 screws gate or triple lock carabiners
  • 2 prusik slings
  • 1 band sling (ca: 240 cm)
  • belay/abseil device
  • 2x 6mm 2m cords
  • 2x 6mm 5m cords
  • 2 carabiners
  • fleece underwear for canyoning
  • towel
  • swimsuit

Please contact the course instructor by e-mail at training@air-zermatt.ch if you have any questions regarding the equipment. Gear rental shops are available in Zermatt.

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 by following this link:  www.sbb.ch. 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.


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


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