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.
Saturday’s workshops included running through the call-out process and search techniques, radio training, a GPS Rogaine and some detailed first aid procedures and information. The flare demonstrations added some excitement too.
After dinner we located two Rogaine checkpoints to polish up our night navigation.
The Victorian Rogaining Association 6 hour Rogaine on Sunday was a great adventure with wonderful weather and some excellent bush navigation. There was some fierce competion amongst the more experienced Rogainers too.