Technical notes and details on searching

Off-track Bush Navigation Tips

Garmin Oregon quickstart guide for BSAR (pdf)

GPS Guide for BSAR (pdf).  Guide to BSAR searchers on the use of Garmin Etrex HCx units. The guide also provides background information on using GPS units - including the appropriate selection of Map Datums and Position Formats. 

GPS Setup Notes (pdf) for the Garmin HCx.

Radio Guide for BSAR (pdf)Guide for BSAR searchers on the use of CB and Police radios during a search. Updated Jan 2015

Radio Quick Reference Notes (pdf).   A short and useful summary of radio procedures.   Added August 2009.

Remote Area Communications.  A guide for the types of devices and options for communication in remote areas.

Probe Searching Technique.  Suitable for use in areas along tracks and roads where there is very dense bush. The theory behind the technique is that if a searcher cannot penetrate the bush beyond a certain point then neither can a lost person hence the area beyond can assumed to be searched. More information.

Searching for people with a psychiatric illnessBushwalkers Search and Rescue is from time to time involved in searches for people with psychiatric or other medical conditions that can effect behaviour, who are missing in remote bush areas. More information.

Sound/light searching is is a quick and efficient method using whistle, voice and light to attract the attention of a responsive lost person at night and then listen or see a response from them. More information.

BSAR Electronic Alerting Systems (pdf).

Steep snow and ice rescues. This is a specialist skill set within Bush Search and Rescue for members who have undertaken specific training and who have the appropriate equipment such as ice axe, crampons, helmet, rope and carabiners.  More information.

Missing Person Behaviour v1.0 (pdf)


See also