What is Cal-ESAR's training like?
The training program consists of seven weekend courses across seven months—approximately 160 hours. It is designed to train someone with no prior experience to become a competent field-ready ground searcher. The training program topics include general backcountry skills, navigation, search methods, shelter-building, knots, rappelling, and more.
When is the training?
The training takes place over the course of seven weekends, beginning in October and ending in April. The dates for training this year (2018-2019) are noted below.
Guest and Pet Policy
Training weekends are for members of Cal-ESAR. Pets or non-registered guests (e.g. siblings, significant others, friends) will detract from the training and cannot attend. Sorry, this is a matter of liability and unit policy.