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 who is concerned about keeping themselves and their 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
- How to prepare 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
- The difference 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 easily untie it
- 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 or cloth
- Knots to tie various reasonably strong items together to make an improvised rope
- Knots and hitches used to lower 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. You will be notified promptly if a closure occurs and the trip is prevented from running and will receive 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
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