Training

Over the course of six months, new trainees will learn the skills and equipment they need to be a search and rescue responder. We teach map and compass, search types and tactics, subject behavior, first aid/CPR, subject evacuation, equipment, helicopter safety, and more.

Read more about our training program below and please email any training questions to training@kitsapesar.com.

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Trainees get first-hand experience on helicopter safety with a US Navy black hawk crew

Training begins at two different times each year:

October Start (Regular Training Season)

Our regular training season begins in October, with trainings the first weekend of every month through March. You will go through three indoor classroom trainings and three outdoor trainings where you will be spending time and sleeping in the field. Following completion of your third training in December, you will be eligible to be called as a resource on in-county missions (provided you have finished all required certifications). Following completion of the final training weekend in March, you will be eligible to be called on any mission throughout Washington state.

2018-2019 October Start Training Season Dates – click link for dates and details of our regular trainings

May Start (Spring Training Season)

We also have a partial training option beginning in May of each year. This option is designed to allow people interested in joining a chance to begin their involvement without waiting until October each year. You will attend a classroom training the first weekend of May and a first aid certification training the first weekend of June. You will also be required to attend at least Friday through Sunday of our summer SAR Academy (and are strongly encouraged to attend the full Academy Wednesday through Sunday). Following completion of these trainings, you will be eligible to be called as a resource on in-county missions (provided you have finished all required certifications). You will have the option to skip the October and November classroom trainings and will tie in with our regular training season starting in December in order to become fully certified to respond to missions throughout Washington State.

[Coming soon – dates for Spring Training Season]

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Two youth Team Leaders pause during a wet December training