Welcome to the Sergeant Rescue Navigator Challenge Course! This challenge course is not for the faint of heart! In many aspects of outdoor life being able to navigate is an essential part of being able to enjoy the outdoors. For search and rescue volunteers and professionals it is an essential skill to keep up with. We welcome everyone to answer the call and take the challenge! The roots of this challenge course are derived from military rucking sprinkled with a little MEDwars and adventure racing feel.
Condition: Given a map, the compass & GPS that you bring, a partner or pair of partners, and a sense of adventure! You will be given eight separate points to plot and locate. This course will range from 10-15 miles depending on the route you choose to take to find each point. At each point you will be asked to complete a task of some kind. It may be a medical skill, some kind of bush craft skill, or other survival or search and rescue related skill. You must find and complete all eight stations in the time allotted!
There are no training or knowledge requirements to race. If you don't know something, you can learn just by taking part!
Task 1 is locating the start point! You will be given the location of the start point after successful registration!
EMS & FAWM Credit will be available!
Required Team Equipment:
- Orienteering Compass & UTM Grid Square
- GPS Unit
- Ink Pen, Pencil, Scratch paper
- Fire Starting Supplies (Matches or flint)
- Water treatment method or device (Tablets, steripen)
- Waterproofing method for task book
- Wilderness medical & Survival kit [Can be purchased at registration]
Required Individual Equipment:
- Dry change of clothes
- Rain gear.
- Light source with extra batteries. (Headlamp)
- Food, water, and the ability to carry 2 liters.
- 25ft of 550 chord
- Suncreen, bug spray, sunglasses / eyeprotection
- Leather work or belay gloves.
- Back pack to carry all the gear!
- A sense of adventure!
You will need to show all required gear at check-in and carry all equipment during the entire event. This is an unsupported course, meaning teams are not allowed to have support crews assist them. You will get wet. You will get dirty. All your gear and clothing will get wet and probably muddy. We are not responsible for ruined books, electronics, or other gear. We run this challenge rain or shin! Please plan accordingly.
Refer to the participant packet for more specifics and recommendations. This packet will be emailed to your team leader upon registration of your team.
Payment in full is required to reserve your spot in the course. Tuition is non-transferable and is payable by check, credit card, PayPal or money order. Tuition covers class materials, course equipment, and certificate or certification cards. Sergeant Rescue is not obligated to allow any student to attend a course until the required payment and course registration materials are received and approved by Sergeant Rescue Training & Consulting staff.
Cancelation, Withdraw & Refund Policy
If a student cancels or withdrawals from a course:
- If greater than or equal to 45 days prior to the starting date of the course, Sergeant Rescue will retain a $15.00 admin fee.
- If equal to or less that 30 days prior to the starting date of the course, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. By this point we have accounted for your attendance and items have been purchased and ordered.
- Participants that cancel or withdraw from a course are still responsible for cancelation fees even if payment has not been sent or processed. (Applies if you cancel within 45 days of a course.)
- Team members can be substituted at anytime! If a substitution is made within 2 weeks of the course then there will be a 50% substitution fee.
A full refund will be given if we need to cancel the course for any reason.
Late Payment Policy
Participants that register and choose pay via company check or personal check must submit payment in a timely manner. Payment is due no later than 10 business days after your registrations is submitted. If payment is not post marked prior to this date a late fee will be assessed. Late fees will either be invoiced separately or added to any outstanding balance.
- Initial late fee is $25.00
- An additional fee of $10.00 per day will also be assessed if payment is delayed past 14 days from registration and is retroactive to the date of registration.
No personal weapons or firearms are authorized. No firearms, bear spray, pepper spray, tasers, or stiking weapons will be necesary or needed. We are 100% 2A supporters, but we would like to minimize any potential accidents in the training environment.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is Sergeant Rescue?
Sergeant Rescue is a training and consulting agency that specializes in providing wilderness and tactical medical training events, courses, and experiences. We also provide general CME and training opportunities for EMS providers, fire fighters, nurses, physicians and law enforcement personnel. We are founded by combat veterans and our primary instructor core are all military veterans and highly respected medical providers.
2. What is an adventure race?
Originating in New Zealand, an adventure race is a little bit like an off-road triathlon combined with a cache-style scavenger hunt and unknown Challenges thrown in. The challenges can be anything from Fear Factor-type feats of courage, mental puzzles, or other random tasks. Teams area generally comprised of 3-4 people traveling by orienteering (using a map and compass) to various Checkpoints. Once arriving at a Checkpoint, they may find a physical leg (bike, canoe, skiing, etc.), a challenge, or a password to collect and directions to the next checkpoint. Each race is designed a little differently with navigation accuracy, team preparation, team strategy, and teamwork playing a role in the outcome. They come in various lengths from sprint races (4-8 hours) to multi-week events. Google it for more info!
3. Do I need to have any type of medical training or qualifications to participate?
Not at all! We have no prerequisites for this challenge. It is designed to be a more interesting and fun way to learn different things! There are no powerpoints or boring lectures here! However, we expect that teams that have somone with orienteering training, medical certifications, or an emergency services background will have an easier time. There are no "winners" so we can teach you as you go and the tasks are all designed to be team building and basic!
4. Do I need any physical training or knowledge to complete the challenge?
Nope! There are no training or knowledge requirements. Of course prior training and knowlegde will let you take an advantage, as will a regular fitness training regimen. However, you will be expected to keep moving constantly for 6-10 hours. The speed at which your team travels is up to you. However, this is an adventure training course and if you are concerned at all you should consult your personal physican prior to committing to the course. You WILL be physically exhausted (and probably dirty, hungry, and elated) at the end of the event!
5. Are you willing to run a challenge in my area?
100% an enthusiastically yes! We are always looking for new locations to host and provide these challenge opportunities! If you want to run one in your area you need to reach out to us at the contact link above or at Sergeant_rescuetng@outlook.com to get the details. We just need a decent area of space to put the miles in and some help rounding up a handful of volunteers!
6. What should I have in my team's, or my personal, medical kit?
Well, that truly depends... We really can't tell you what to pack any more than you can know what you might need on any other wilderness trip or expedition. There's no way to predict that someone will break their leg or have a heart attack ahead of time. Start with the basics. There are many good resources for typical medical kits. If you want to get a solid working knowledge of what you should be carrying in a wilderness medical kit, you should register for one of our Wilderness First Aid courses or Wilderness Medical Training programs, or wilderness medical expeditions. In the end, it doesn't do you any good to lug around equipment you don't know how to use or can improvise quickly from your surroundings. On the other hand, if you have to build something that could take time. It all depends on the strategy your team chooses.
7. What if it rains on the day of the challenge? Will it be canceled or rescheduled?
Not at all! "If it ain't raining, we ain't really training!" Unless there is a true hazard to the team's safety and well being we will press on. You as the participant will just need to plan ahead for the weather! Inclement weather of any kind such as snow, rain, or cold will not hinder the challenge!
8. I can't find a teammate. Can I sign up as an individual?
Yes! If we have individuals register you will be assigned to a team that is short or grouped together into a team or group of teams. However, team slots will be given first to full teams that register. If there are no slots available at the time of late registration, you will then be contacted and asked if you would like to participate as a part of the cadre for a partial refund. You can also use the various availible social media platforms to try and solicite a partner or two. You might just make a couple great new friends!
The 8 station must be completed in its entirety to earn the SRTC Navigator patch! Participants should be prepared to be out in the weather, cross low water crossings, and to complete tasks relating to:
1. Musculoskeletal Injury Management
2. 50% Detection of clues
3. Exposure Injury & Condition Management
4. Evacuation of a victim
5. Basic SAR
6. Shelter building
7. Fire Starting
10. Soft Tissue Wound Management
11. Mass Casualty Triage
12. Mechanical Advantage Systems
Scheduled Navigator Challenges
"TRAINING FOR CHAOS"
Navigator Challenge Course Schedule
06:30-08:30 Team Check-in
08:45 Safety Presentation
09:15 Team Captain's meeting
18:00 Post-race dinner, awards, and celebration!
Each team will be made up of 2-3 participants. You will register as individuals and your team must create a team name! Upon arrival at registration you will sign in with your team mates. At that time you will name your team captain.
There is a 20 team limit for this event!
Navigator Challenge Course Fee
Early Registration: $75.00
Normal Registration: $100.00
Late Registration: $150.00
Fee includes cost of permit fees, insurance, Patch, and the post challenge meal!