Outdoor Adventure Tools, Tactics, & Emergency Response
For: Parents, Hikers, Backpackers, Campers, Drivers (especially those that like taking the scenic routes!), Fellow Knot-nerds, and anyone concerned about keeping themselves and loved ones safe when equipment malfunctions, weather turns, injuries happen, vehicles break down, batteries die, or a multitude of other issues come up.
Training covers: This single-day training covers many different Knots, Hitches, and Lashings, incorporating hands-on practical applications in scenarios like shelter-building, lashing up poles between trees, making tripods, and emergency ascension or rappel.
Complete Course Description:
-Basics: The nomenclature of a line, a couple simple effective bends and loops, and methods to store line
- Running end, body, standing end, over and underhand loops, turns, wraps, bight, and tail
- Preparing line for effective use: cutting to appropriate lengths and burning the ends so they are streamlined
- Two different bends and how to untie them easily
- Learn differences between a running loop and slip loop and how to utilize them for different purposes
- Two different ways to tie the “king of all knots” the Bowline and the trick to untie it easily
- Two methods to store your line so it can be used quickly in emergencies
-Knots for Shelter: Several knots that are simple, fast, and effective to tie out emergency material shelters
- Learn several hitches that can be used to put up and take down a tarp-type shelter quickly
- Practice using the knots you’ve learned to build a shelter out of any kind of large material you my have available (emergency blanket, tarp, bed-sheet, poncho, rain gear, garbage bag, etc.)
-Knots for emergency evacuation: Several knots and improvised rope work useful in lowering out of damaged buildings or down cliffs
- How to form an improvised harness out of a length of webbing, line, or cloth
- Knots to tie various reasonably strong items together to make an improvised rope
- Knots and hitches useful in lowering oneself safely to the ground
- Hitches useful in easily ascending a rope or passing over knots that might impede progress in either direction
-Lashings: Useful for building just about anything you might need in the back-country
- Learn a lashing useful for connecting poles in-line to make tripods for things like drying racks, smokers, A-frame shelters, tables, hanging cooking pots over the fire, etc.
- Learn a couple of lashings good for connecting poles perpendicular to each other for building lean-to shelters for winter, platforms in trees for hunting stands or shelters in wet environments, building rafts, making or repairing backpack frames, and more.
Class size: 12 participants max.
What to Bring/Wear: (Dress suitable to the weather, be prepared for changes!)
– Closed toed shoes (hiking boots or tennis shoes are fine.)
– long pants best to avoid scratches and insect bites
– Long sleeve shirt also best for same reason though not required
– Sun hat
– Warm layers (possibly including a warm hat and gloves depending on the season)
– Rain gear (you never know what the weather will decide to do!)
– Large full water bottle and extra water
– Lunch and snacks
– Any rope you have that you use or would like to in the future. No need to buy any however, I have plenty you can practice with
Optional Items to bring:
– Sunglasses or safety glasses
– Bug spray (seasonal, the mosquitoes can be quite voracious at times)
– Camp chair/crazy creek/sit pad
– Note taking materials
– Leather gloves for handling wood poles and practice rappel
Please don’t bring pets or young children unless cleared through SERE Training School Directly.
Dates and Time: All single-day training runs from 9 AM to 4 PM unless specifically noted otherwise. Available class dates are noted below.
Training Locations: All one day courses will be within a one hour drive of the listed city. Directions to specific class locations will be emailed to you after registering for a particular class-please see below for class dates.
Age requirements: Clients should be a minimum of 10 years old and in reasonably good physical shape. All children 17 years or younger must have legal parental permission to attend the course and all children 10-16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Private Group Courses are available:
We also do private courses, team-building retreats, corporate events, birthday parties, etc… You get the folks together and tell us when you want to go, weather and schedules permitting! We prefer that you allow us at least 30 days advance notice to schedule a course. If you’d like to explore these options please contact us at: Info@SERETraining.US
Trip cancellation by clients must take place at least 28 days prior to the start of the trip in order to be eligible for a refund. On rare occasions, a trip is prevented from running due to land closures relating to dangerous weather conditions, fires, etc. We notify you promptly if a closure occurs and the trip is prevented from running. You then have the option to reschedule for a later trip date or to receive a full refund.
Additional Questions about this course can be addressed to: Info@SERETraining.US