Training Overview


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.

  1. Outdoor skills, October 13-14
  2. Intro to navigation, November 10-11
  3. First aid & CPR, December 8-9
  4. Search and rescue skills, January 12-13
  5. Technical skills, February 9-10
  6. (Optional) Winter skills, February TBD
  7. Advanced navigation, March 9-10
  8. Skills evaluation, April 13-14
  9. Yosemite PSAR, TBD

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.