BSAR’s annual training weekend was held on 23-24 June 2018 at Chewton, with 28 members, 23 prospective members and 6 Police Search and Rescue attending in delightful June weather.
On Saturday our new and prospective members completed an induction session while experienced members participated in group leader scenarios covering hypothermia treatment, stretcher carry and helicopter evacuation.
The afternoon moved to the focus of this training; navigation. Skills were developed and practiced with the GPS and in bush navigation using map and compass. The evening included a night navigation session to put those skills to the test.
The BSAR ski skills training day was held at Mt Stirling on Saturday 26 August 2017 for all BSAR members keen to acquire or improve their ski skills. Six BSAR members and three Police SAR members attended.
Activities included some basic instruction, skiing to and around the summit, some steep slope skiing then a return ski run to Telephone Box Junction
Steep Snow and Ice alpine training was held on 29-30 July 2017 at Mount Buller.
The training included travelling in alpine environments, snow and ice safety, rescue techniques, using crampons and ice axes, holding falls when roped and a demonstration of haulage equipment for steep terrain.
Our thanks to Mount Buller CFA for allowing us to use their facility and dodge the very strong winds that came in on Saturday Night.
Thanks also to the Mount Buller Ski Patrol for their support and hospitality.
BSAR’s 2017 training weekend was held on 25/26 March at Korweinguboora.
Rod Costigan led with 43 visitors, prospective and existing members attending, including instructors and organisers.
Duncan Brookes, Eric Krista, Lachlan Shield, Rodney Polkinghorne, Wayne Merry, Roger Palmer and Kirilee Chaplin assisted with planning and running the event. Support from Victoria Police Search and Rescue was also much appreciated with 6 Police SAR members attending.
The training on Saturday included workshops on radios, line searching, feature searching, stretcher carrying and night searching followed by a GPS Rogaine.
The Bush Search and Rescue Annual Training weekend was held on 15-17 July 2016 at JB Plain near Mt Hotham. 61 BSAR members and prospective members attended.
The weekend provided BSAR members and other interested experienced bushwalkers with training in skills for bush and alpine search and rescue. The program included exercises on first aid, treating hypothermia, using Bothy shelters, building survival shelters, evacuating a patient using Sked stretchers, radio use, navigation and night searching.
A Dryland Training Day on Sunday 19 July 2015 at Police SAR in Williamstown. Topics covered included steep snow and ice terrain awareness, roping up, stretcher setup and hauling and avalanche transceiver theory and practice
A Steep Snow and Ice training weekend at JB Plain on 24 – 26 July 2015. Exercises over the two days included self-arresting, setting up snow belays and a z-pulley haul using an MPD (which replaces a Jumar, pulley and abseil device used in the previous setup), rescues using avalanche transceivers and probing followed by digging out a simulated buried patient. A simulated search was also conducted near JB Plain. The simulated lost person was found and evacuated using a sked to haul them back to the camping site.
The weather was poor, snowing at times with occasional strong wind gusts.
The BSAR Annual Training weekend was held on 20-21 June in the Fryers Ranges near Castlemaine. Over 90 people participated, including 40 people interested in joining BSAR. It was great to meet many people who will form the next generation of BSAR searchers.
Two buses were provided by Police Transport Branch to transport the large number of participants.
The weekend provided BSAR members and experienced bushwalkers interested in joining BSAR with training in skills for bush search and rescue. The program was active and hands-on for all participants and included:
Saturday 20/6: Workshops, search exercises, night searching
Sunday 21/6: Participation in a Victorian Rogaining Association (VRA) 6 hour Rogaine.