Search & Rescue (SAR) Training Australia offers the course ‘Introduction to Search and Rescue’. Consisting of 13 individual units of study, this course provides students with an entry-level program to the world of aviation, land and marine search and rescue, international search and rescue agreements and conventions, and the search and rescue roles and responsibilities of individuals. 

All learning resources are provided electronically as part of the training

Through the medium of e-learning, SAR Training Australia’s highly experienced and professional search and rescue officers deliver knowledge and competency-based learning directly to a student’s home or workplace.

Students can study at their own pace, at times that suit them, without the need to travel distances to attend classroom-based lectures. Our virtual campus is especially advantageous to mature students as it allows them to better balance family and work responsibilities.

Highly recommended for anyone wishing to enter the field of land, marine or aviation search and rescue, ‘Introduction to Search and Rescue’ covers the following subject areas:

    • International SAR Conventions and Authorities
    • The Australian Search and Rescue System
    • The Australian Search and Rescue Authorities
    • Search and Rescue Roles and Responsibilities
    • Mission Management
    • Operational Intelligence
    • Briefing and Debriefing
    • Medical Considerations
    • Staffing the Rescue Coordination Centre
    • Search and Rescue Facilities and Resources
    • Search and Rescue Communications
    • Introduction to Aviation, Marine and Land Search Planning
    • Marine Distress communications
    • Distress Alerting
    • Radio Signals
    • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
    • COSPAS-SARSAT International Distress Beacon System
    • Ship Reporting Systems
    • The Functions of Time in Search and Rescue

 

  • Pre-requisite: Nil
  • Co-requisite: Nil
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Delivery: Self-Paced Study Online
  • Course Award: Course Certificate
  • Course Cost: AU$1,353 inclusive of GST
    • A 20% discount on the course cost is offered on this training to all Emergency Service Volunteers on the presentation of valid evidence of current membership.


Course Outline

With a strong focus on command, control and coordination of search and rescue missions, this course is designed to train students to undertake the duties and responsibilities of a Search and Rescue Coordinator. This course builds on the underpinning knowledge gained through the Introduction to Search and Rescue course that is a pre-requisite to attend this training.

Training includes the following:

  • Search and Rescue Problems
  • The Search and Rescue System
  • Rescue Coordination Centre Organisation and Management
  • Interpersonal and Organisational Communications
  • Search and Rescue Sequences
  • Decision Making
  • Search Area Coverage
  • Search and Rescue Platforms
  • Maps and Charts
  • Calculating Current Leeway and Drift
  • Planning for a Rescue or MEDEVAC
  • Search Procedures and Search Area Determination
  • Search and Rescue worksheets
  • Risk Management
  • Conducting Briefings and Debriefings
  • Practical Application of Search and Rescue Procedures in a Simulated Environment

Blended Delivery

Pre-requisites: Introduction to Search & Rescue (online delivery)

Co-requisites: Nil

Course Delivery: This course is delivered through a combination of online (Introduction to Search and Rescue) and traditional classroom training (Minimum student numbers required).

SAR Coordination training is conducted in three separate streams of maritime, aviation and land search and rescue coordination. Please email us for a copy of individual program outlines.

Duration:       Online - 12 weeks

Classroom Program: One week (Monday to Friday) for each stream.

Location for classroom delivery: LifeFlight Training Academy, Aviation Australia Campus Brisbane International Airport
(or other locations as agreed with the client for group bookings)

Course Award: Certificate of Successful Completion - Search & Rescue Coordination

Classroom Delivery Only

Pre-requisites: Nil

Co-requisites: Nil

Course Delivery: Traditional classroom training (Minimum student numbers required).

SAR Coordination training is conducted in three separate streams of maritime and aviation. Please email us for a copy of individual program outlines.

Duration:      Two weeks (Monday to Friday).

One additional week if both streams are required.

Location for classroom delivery: LifeFlight Training Academy, Aviation Australia Campus Brisbane International Airport
(or other locations as agreed with the client for group bookings)

Course Award: Certificate of Successful Completion - Search & Rescue Coordination

Group/Corporate Courses

Specialist training programs can be developed to specifically meet individual organisational training and skill requirements and include training in more than one stream.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements.


For more information please email enquiries@sartraining.com.au

This program provides students with a detailed explanation of the Cospas-Sarsat international satellite distress alerting system.

At the completion of this Unit students will:

  • Understand the development and operation of the Cospas-Sarsat distress beacon system
  • Explore the operation of the GEOSAR, LEOSAR and the new MEOSAR constellations
  • Examine how this system can aid the SAR coordinator during a SAR mission
  • Identify the differences between 406MHz (digital) and 121.5MHz (analogue) beacon signals
  • Discuss the difference in the Local and Global operational modes of Cospas-Sarsat
  • Identify beacon coding including country code
  • Understand the process of 'Notification of Country of Registration (NOCR)'
  • Identify the different sources of search and rescue intelligence available through the Cospas-Sarsat global system


This training has been specifically designed for the mining and exploration industry and for companies or organisations that operate in remote or isolated areas at home or abroad.

Training focuses on providing company personnel with the skills and knowledge necessary to setup a company based search and rescue system and to initiate a timely response to reports of missing or overdue employees, aircraft or vessels.

Our remote area training is tailored in consultation with the client to specifically meet their organisational needs relevant to the areas in which their employees operate and can cover any or all of the following areas:

  • The relevant national and international search and rescue system
  • Company search and rescue procedures
  • Emergency reporting requirements and points-of-contact
  • Roles and responsibilities of local SAR authorities
  • Flight following
  • Searching from the air
  • Distress beacons and location techniques
  • Lost person behaviours
  • Search and rescue procedures and techniques
  • Search patterns
  • The search team leader
  • Search area calculation
  • Medical factors that affect survival such as hypothermia, hyperthermia, trauma and acute or chronic medical conditions
  • Aircraft accident hazards

Training can be delivered in the traditional classroom setting, through on-line distance learning using our virtual campus or a combination of both.

SAR Training Australia is happy to discuss your training requirements and to develop and deliver a program to meet your organisational and geographic requirements.

Contact us for more information at enquiries@sartraining.com.au