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.
On Sunday BSAR joined the Victorian Rogaining Association’s 6 hour Rogaine in the Castlemaine Diggings National Park. This was the first Rogaine for a number of BSAR members. All did well and there were some excellent results.
Rogaines are held regularly during the year and are highly recommended to BSAR members. Every member is expected to have sound bush navigation skills.
We thank Police Search and Rescue for their support in the planning and conduct of the weekend, Police Transport Branch for their buses and the Victorian Rogaining Association for welcoming BSAR’s involvement in the Rogaine.
Thank you to Wayne Merry and the planning group for another excellent BSAR training weekend.
Hypothermia and stretcher scenarios