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

Rural First Responder

Training members of private and state security institutions with the required rural skills to enhance their own survivability while maintaining the integrity of the crime scenes and effecting arrests.

This course has been designed to equip members of private and state security institutions with the required rural skills to enhance their own survivability while maintaining the integrity of the crime scenes and effecting arrests.

The following will be covered.

  • Preparation of personal kit and vehicle for rural work

  • Rural planning and command and control considerations

  • Rural team composition

  • Tactical firearm application as individual and team

    • Diagnostic shoot pistol and carbine (seven fundamentals)
    • IA Drills, weapon transition, tactical approach and apprehension
    • Multi-target engagement and use of cover
  • Tactical self-aid

    • Secure scene: return fire with weak hand integrated with self-aid
    • Stopping bleeding, use of tourniquet and blood clotting agents
  • Crime scene preservation, sensitive site exploitation and tactical questioning

  • Basic rural tactics

    • Basic navigation
    • Deployment drills
    • Tracking / anti-tracking
    • Individual and team tactical movement & patrol formations
    • Camouflage and concealment
    • Observation posts and optical equipment
    • Ambushes and contact drills
    • Patrol reports

Target Group

  • Armed reaction officers
  • Medical first responders
  • Members of local and international police

Course Duration

  • 7 days

Prerequisite

  • Competency to use fire-arm for business purposes
  • PSIRA registration

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

 

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