Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) members, or ground searchers, are the backbone of any search and rescue organization. Basic GSAR certification is mandatory for all new volunteers wanting to join Shuswap SAR.
This 80-hour course consists of field and classroom sessions that cover all the basic skills necessary to become an effective searcher including: first aid, search organization, search tactics, wilderness survival, orienteering, communications, track recognition and rope management. GSAR certification must be achieved before taking further specialized training.
GSAR services are increasingly required in urban and suburban areas to locate persons with Alzheimer’s disease, autism, dementia, or other conditions that lead to wandering behavior.
In addition to formal GSAR training, each member is required to have a minimum of Level 1 First Aid; many of our members have more advanced first aid training for wilderness scenarios.