Our instructor core comprises of former South African Special Forces Instructors

Basic Rural Survival

 

How to travel through or survive in a rural environment with strained critical infrastructure.

Course attendees will be exposed to the five basic elements of survival, namely.

  • Protection
  • Location
  • Acquisition
  • Navigation
  • Medical

The following will be covered.

  • Priorities of survival

  • Preparation and planning

    • Protection
    • Location
    • Acquisition
    • Navigation
    • Medical
  • Survival Kits

    • Contents
    • Uses
  • Rural First Aid

    • Environmental injuries
    • Bites and stings
    • Burns
    • Poisoning
    • Sprains and broken limbs
    • Blunt and penetrating trauma
  • Knives

    • Attributes of a good survival knife
    • Knife safety
    • Maintenance and sharpening
    • Whittling & chopping
  • Cordage

    • Uses and properties of cordage
    • Knots (bowline, clove hitch, figure 8 and lashing)
  • Protection

    • Shelter
    • Fire making
  • Location

    • Search and rescue techniques
    • Signals
    • Helicopter safety
  • Acquisition

    • Water (procurement, filtration, purification)
    • Food (foraging, trapping, preparing small game)
  • Navigation (day and night)

Target Group

  • Journalists
  • Geologists
  • Bush pilots
  • Other interested parties

Course Duration

  • 44 hours (3 Day Course)
  • 7 Day

Prerequisite

  • None

 

Escape and Evasion

Teaching the basic skills required to escape and evade hostile forces as a non-combatant in remote, volatile rural environments with strained critical infrastructure.

Environments with strained critical infrastructure. The course is presented by former special forces operators and is aligned with Special Forces Escape and Evasion best practices adapted for civilian application. The following disciplines will be addressed in a practical simulated operational environment culminating in a 24-hour practical exercise.

The following will be covered.

  • Survival and contingency planning
  • Location (red and blue)
  • Communications (routine and emergency)
  • Equipment for PLAN MED
  • Protection

    • Items to provide protection (Shelter and fire)
  • Location

    • How to ensure you are located by friendly elements, while avoiding detection be hostile parties
  • Acquisition

    • Water and Food
  • Navigation

    • Items required for successful navigation
  • Four phases of a kidnapping

  • Escape (breaking out of basic restraints)

  • Evasion

    • Camouflage & Concealment (6 x S’s & M)
    • Practical navigation (map, compass, GPS)
    • Tactical cross-country movement during day and night – introduction to tracking / anti-tracking
    • Tactical survival
    • Combat casualty care orientation

Target Group

  • Journalists
  • Geologists
  • Bush pilots
  • Other interested parties

Course Duration

  • 44 hours (3 Day Course)

Prerequisite

  • Basic rural survival

Covert Rural Surveillance

Training attendees with the required skill set to plan, manage and conduct covert rural surveillance patrols.

This is a high-intensity no-frills rural surveillance course based on the one-week Recce module of the South African Special Forces minor tactics course.

On completion of this course, attendees will have learnt the fundamental skills required to deploy clandestinely into a potentially hostile rural environment to obtain and report time-sensitive critical information. Additionally, it will provide them with the required skill set to actively partake in anti-poaching operations and contribute to investigations of any illegal/criminal activities taking place in a rural environment.

The following will be covered.

  • Theory of rural surveillance and reconnaissance

  • Kit selection and preparation

  • Introduction to

    • Tactical communications
    • Digital photography
    • Optical equipment
    • Combat casualty care
    • Camouflage and concealment
    • Navigation
    • Tracking and anti-tracking
    • Force multipliers
  • Operational planning and emergency procedures

  • Essential elements of information and target dossiers

  • Individual and team tactics

Hours of darkness will be utilized for the practical exercise of all the skills covered during the day. The course will culminate with a deployment to live target where all the skills acquired will be utilized to obtain time-sensitive information for follow up operations by other entities.

Target Group

  • Game rangers
  • Armed reaction forces
  • Medical first responders
  • Members of local and international police

Course Duration

  • 7 days

Prerequisite

  • None

 

Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT)

Training non-combatants to identify, prepare for, respond to and recover from potential emergency situations that may arise while doing business in a potentially hostile environment.

The HEAT orientation and five-day intensive program aims to train non-combatants to identify, prepare for, respond to and recover from potential emergency situations that may arise while doing business in a potentially hostile environment.

The following will be covered.

  • Personal preparation

    • Travel Risk Assessment and sources of information (identify threats and vulnerabilities, determine risk and risk treatment options)
    • Personal security planning and preparing to mitigate travel risk to an acceptable level
    • Protection of sensitive information and cyber awareness
    • Mobile security (prior to arrival, on arrival and movement by vehicle and on foot)
    • Managing threats relating to violent crime
    • Management of threats relating to protest gatherings and riots
    • Weapons, mines, IEDs (intensive program)
    • Kidnapping, hostage-taking and hostage survival
    • What to do in an emergency
  • Situational training exercise

    • Hostage survival
    • Minefields, UXO and IEDs (intensive program)
    • Team under attack/ambush (intensive program)
  • Medical training

    • Basic life support in challenging environments
    • Combat casualty care for non-combatants (intensive program)
  • Orientation, communications and four-wheel driving

    • Map reading, navigation and GPS work
    • Communications (communications plan and scheduled call-ins)
    • Use of mobile phones, smart phones and satellite phones
    • HF radios (intensive program)
    • Characteristics of 4×4 vehicles and introduction to 4×4 driving techniques (intensive program)

Target Group

  • International organisation’s expatriates and business travellers
  • NGOs
  • Aid workers
  • Journalists
  • Other interested parties

Course Duration

  • 2 Day orientation or
  • 5 Day intensive program

Prerequisite

  • None

 

‘The Team Secret’ Leadership Course

Based on the book THE TEAM SECRET written by an ex-member of 24 years in the SA Special Forces and an expert business consultant, this course is designed to assist organisations on how they can achieve exceptional results by implementing similar principles to that found in the Special Forces environment.

The key to this success is centred around team principles, ethos and leadership. The real magic lies in developing and utilising these teams to their full potential so that they can make a difference and contribute meaningfully to an organisation.

The course is designed to provide students with a realistic scenario in the world of a special forces team and how decision-making processes can make a difference in attaining successful outcomes. The course will test the leadership qualities of each student as well as reveal strong personal characteristics – all within a stressful, yet controlled environment.

Course Duration

  • 2 Days

Prerequisite

  • No physical prerequisites other than the ability to walk a distance of 1km

 

Carjacking Prevention Course

This course is designed to teach students how to avoid being a carjacking victim and what to expect if they indeed find themselves in the middle of such a common crime.

Incorporates the latest criminal modus operandi (including the “blue light gang”), statistics, targeted vehicles, focus times and dates, recommended behaviour in an attack and includes live simulation exercises.

Course Duration

  • 1 Day

Prerequisite

  • None

 

Self-Preservation Course

This course, specifically designed for those considered vulnerable in our communities, covers anti-rape concepts and basic self-defence. The key here is learning how to avoid becoming a victim as well as what options to consider when there is no choice but to resist an attack.

Sexual offences in South Africa are at particularly high levels and dealing with this reality is difficult to grasp for some. Learning what to expect and how to protect yourself, not just in a physical manner but also in making the correct decisions at the right time, can make the difference.

Course Duration

  • 1 Day

Prerequisite

  • None

 

Security Awareness And Urban Safety Course

The purpose of this course is to teach students to improve security awareness and to understand criminal behaviour – specifically serious & violent crime. Whether it be at home, driving a vehicle, walking in a street or visiting a public place, the content includes various scenarios in an urban environment and provides guidelines on how to react accordingly to ensure your safety and that of your loved ones.

This course is not only directed at law enforcement or security officers, as it has been designed to benefit the average man (or woman) in the street. It covers various topics including tactical decision making, immediate medical assistance, the use of cover, communication and crime scene management. Live simulation exercises also form part of this course.

Course Duration

  • 2 Days

Prerequisite

  • None

 

Rural 1st Responder Course

This course aims to empower learners with the basic knowledge to respond to a rural incident, render assistance and maintain the integrity of the crime scene while protecting themselves from harm.

The course covers all components of rural protection, private defence, situational awareness, crime scene preservation, tactical casualty care and the option of firearm application & tactical movement.

Course Duration

  • 2 Days

Prerequisite

  • None

 

Tactical Casualty Care For 1st Responders / Active Bystander Course

Designed to empower 1st responders and/or active bystanders, this course allows students to be the first link in the trauma chain of survival and to provide time-sensitive life-saving interventions to the severely injured.

The course is a blend of both situational awareness and life-saving medical skills. Benefits include the ability to identify threats, proper communication & documentation, safe evacuation and the treatment of severe bleeding, breathing, hypothermia & shock.

*This IS NOT a first aid course, and NO previous medical training is required

Course Duration

  • 1 Day

Prerequisite

  • None

 

Kit Preparation & Navigation Course

This course is designed to assist individuals with proper kit preparation as well as navigation for both rural and urban environments.

Whether it be planning for civil unrest or simply going on a family holiday, being prepared for worst-case scenarios can make the difference. Learn to plan properly and mitigate unforeseen risks for yourself and your family.

The course covers various topics around how to pack a “jump” bag with the proper survival tools, basic mapwork and GPS navigation, as well as route selection & contingency planning.

Course Duration

  • 1 Day

Prerequisite

  • None

 

Youth Development Course

This program is designed to build on the strengths of young people by developing their skills. Typically undertaken in a rural setting, the program provides an ideal platform to instil good leadership and decision-making processes. Not only will it teach students self-discipline & tenacity but the importance of teamwork and group dynamics.

The program places students outside of their comfort zone in a controlled, safe environment. Several facets can be covered including survival techniques, visual tracking, basic navigation, kit preparation, communications, first aid & medical casualty care, firefighting, basic firearm training, driving skills, self-defence and an appropriate level of physical training.

Course Duration

  • 3 – 10 Days

Prerequisite

  • None

 

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