SARTECH III Course- Introduction to Search and Rescue (ISAR)

Required Equipment: Compass and book. Books available for purchase at course ($25.00). Bring warm clothing and rain shell.

Contact Number: (831) 272-4729

Food and coffee available in vicinity of course. Classroom located above The Kind Grind next to the Crow's Nest on the sand at the Santa Cruz Harbor. Free parking is available on the adjacent beach. 

Course Description:
Introduction to Search and Rescue (ISAR) is a 16 hour class that is offered through the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR). The course will educate you on the general responsibilities, skills, abilities, and equipment needed to participate in a search or rescue mission. The course is based around rural and wilderness environments but the material is recommended as a base of knowledge for all SAR environments. ISAR is specifically designed to prepare you to take the SARTECH III written exam, which is included as part of the course; all students who pass the exam will be issued a SARTECH III certificate and patch by NASAR.  The SARTECH certification program is a nationally recognized standard.

ISAR/SARTECH III is an appropriate first course for anyone interested in becoming involved in Search and Rescue.  It provides a foundation upon which you can build with other NASAR courses, other courses offered through your local SAR educators, or by joining your local SAR team and participating in team training. This class is largely classroom work, and provides hands-on practical exercises which are designed to cement the information provided during lectures.


Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (SARTECH II)
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SARTECH II- Fundamentals of Search and Rescue

Course Description:
The Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (FUNSAR) course is the second, intermediate level of NASAR courses. It provides knowledge concerning the general responsibilities, skills, abilities, and the equipment needed by persons who are assigned to field operations during a SAR mission.

SARTECH II is appropriate for those interested in becoming involved or have just become involved with search and rescue operations, SAR personnel, Emergency response personnel, managers of emergency response organizations, and community members and groups (scouts, hunters, hikers, etc.) that have an interest in safety and preventative SAR operations.

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Accommodations for this course are provided at the Big Creek Reserve Whale Point Cabin (included in course fee). This is up a dirt road approximately 15 minutes and 800 feet vertical from highway 1. Dorm style rooms with plenty of outdoor space for tents, shower, and full kitchen with refrigeration. The cabin is unreal. Additionally, we will be doing a food buy-in for those wishing to do a group order for the course (not included in course fee).