Before you apply for a course with the Tatoosh School, you must read this page;
Admissions Process Application is via an online form, linked at the bottom of this page. To complete your application process pay your $20 application fee by clicking on the Donate button (PayPal portal) in the top-right corner of tatooshschool.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please apply early! We will be in touch with you about the status of your application no more than two weeks after we receive it. Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Packet will be emailed to the address you provide in your application. It will include an equipment list, travel information, payment schedule, Health Form, Student Agreement, Tatoosh School Policies document and other materials to help you prepare for your course. A $500. (
Between 30 and 60 days from the course start date, the school will retain 25% of the course tuition and $125 flight cancellation fee. Between 15 and 29 days from the course start date, the school will retain 50% of the course tuition and $125 flight cancellation fee.
- Less than 15 days before the course start date and once the course has begun, the school cannot provide any refunds.
Updated: in response to the uncertainty associated with travel and Covid-19, all course fees are fully refundable up to 15 days before the course start date for 2020 courses.Risk Management At the Tatoosh School we embrace the physical and emotional challenge of the natural environment to achieve our learning objectives. Courses are not easy, and they involve activities in rugged terrain in which there are real dangers. Risk management, both physical and emotional, is an important component of a course. In the context of a wilderness expedition, risk management is the ability to make a decision when the outcome is uncertain and relies on our ability to identify the risks we face. Travel and day-to-day living on a field course involves hazards: unpredictable weather and ocean conditions, steep and uneven terrain, and others. Students transport gear, sleep outdoors, possibly in co-ed tent groups; prepare their own meals, and are responsible for their own well-being. Good physical fitness and a positive attitude are essential. Courses travel through remote areas that can create complex situations should an emergency arise. It is not uncommon to be days from medical help, but our faculty and instructors are trained in wilderness first aid and backed by local and regional emergency response systems. Faculty and instructors carry satellite phones, radios, and other communication devices on course. This does not guarantee communication from the field. It is important you understand that there are risks. The risk of injury, even serious injury or death, is always present in the outdoor environment. Some of the value of a field course lies in learning how to identify hazards and to strive to travel safely through remote areas of Alaska.
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