9. Skills Eval & Testing Weekend

Purpose: During this weekend, the student and SAR trainee has the opportunity to demonstrate all the skills learned during the course of training.

Format: This is a weekend course. Students individually visit skill stations in a "round robin" fashion, and are tested on all their skills. It also has modules where the student works with other trainees to demonstrate their skills in a team environment. (20 hours)

Skills emphasized: Self-sufficiency and proficiency with search & rescue skills and techniques. Prerequisites: Introduction to Wilderness Navigation Standard First Aid and CPR SAR Tactics Technical Rescue Systems Advanced Wilderness Navigation Outdoor Skills

Practical tests during this weekend will cover several topics including:

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  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Knots (see Knots page)
  • Ropes
  • Pack Inspection
  • Radio 
  • Type 1 (Hasty)
  • Type 2 (Grid)
  • Type 3 ("Hands and Knees")
  • Map and Compass
  • Litter packaging
  • Pack Inspection (See the pack equipment list)
  • Incident Command System (ICS)
A collection of review material is under the Trainee's Site (use your Cal-ESAR login to access)

Time, Date and Location

Date: April 7-8 

Time: Saturday, 8:30 AM - overnight

           Sunday, 8:30 - 4:00

Location: To be Announced via callout process

Note: The Trained Member program consists of the following courses: Outdoor Skills Introduction to Wilderness Navigation Standard First Aid and CPR SAR Tactics Winter Travel & Survival (optional) Technical Rescue Systems Advanced Wilderness Navigation SAR Skills Evaluation Weekend The Training Staff can often substitute similar courses taught by other agencies upon pre-approval.

Please refer to our training calendar

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the pre-reqs for this training?

A: This training is our final exam for this year's training cycle. The following are mandatory:
  1. A very good idea to review medical training as well as your knots for the technical component.
  2. You must bring your full 72-hour pack as well as what you would expect to carry during a search assignment. (24 hour kit)
  3. You must bring your tarps for shelter.
Q: Will the final training be a drive-in or hike-in spot?

A: You will be able to drive to the camp site, but you'll be moving with your

Q: Will there be water on-site?

A: Yes, but you should come prepared with your own water supply.