Search Operations Leader Course

Search Operations Leader Course (L2)

SAR search operations leadership training for missing persons and vehicles as part of a structured training programme.

Course Content

The Search Operations Leader (L2) Course from Original Outdoors provides training for leadership of search operations on the ground, working within the wider SAR framework and working alongside other agencies. The content is based upon techniques employed by UK Mountain and Lowland SAR teams, and is appropriate for teams and organisations operating overseas.

Subjects covered in classroom and exercise sessions:

  • Missing person behaviour and search management awareness
  • Working within a wider SAR operation and alongside other agencies
  • Leadership and supervision of search operations
  • Hierarchical command structures and working within a Strategic/Tactical/Operational command system
  • Deployment of resources and prioritisation of operations
  • Search patterns and formations on the ground
  • Basic tracking and working with tracking/trailing assets
  • Crime scene and major incident procedures
  • Control comms procedures
  • Briefing, debriefing and information handling
  • Conflict management

This Search Operations Leader training course is delivered by experienced and qualified instructors with military, emergency services or expedition leadership backgrounds.

Course Cost

Please contact us for an immediate quote for delivery of this course anywhere in the UK.

This course can also be delivered in Europe and beyond.

Course Delivery

The Search Operations Leader (L2) Course is delivered as a three-day course for standalone training, or can be combined with other training as a bespoke course.
The course involves a combination of classroom and field training and can be delivered on-site if required.
The course can be delivered at a maximum 1:15 ratio.

Course Dates and Bookings

This course is most often run directly for a client, either on site or at our locations in North Wales. As a standalone course it takes three days to complete.
Please contact us for more information.

EST Course Classification

Training Level: Level Two
Terrain Level: T5 (Mountainous and moorland terrain above 600m ASL, forested and densely vegetated areas above 300m ASL OR T3-T4 terrain more than 1.5 km from point of normal vehicle access)
Training Streams: Search Operations

Previous Clients

Search and rescue teams, security professionals, Urban SAR, emergency services.

Course Prerequisites

As a Level Two course within the EST Framework the Search Operations Leader course requires some previous subject training for delegates to attend. This can either be through the courses offered by Original Outdoors, or training with external providers.

Within the EST Framework courses offered by Original Outdoors this must be:

We also strongly recommend that all delegates have some training in use of GPS and emergency medical/first aid training. Both of these will be referred to throughout the course.

For external training please get in touch directly – we are familiar with the training content and provision of most UK providers and we can quickly let you know if your existing training level is suitable for this course.

A good level of general fitness is preferred due to the moderately active nature of parts of the course (walking with rucksack, crossing rough terrain etc)

Equipment Required

For private and bespoke courses we can work with your existing PPE (with a required minimum level of protection for the environment we will be training in). We can also provide external evaluation of your existing PPE, and make recommendations if you request it.

For public courses there is a required minimum equipment list on the course page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course certificated?

Yes, all successful course participants will receive printed and PDF certificates from their attendance of the course.

Can the course be tailored for a specific application?

We can tailor the course content to suit a specific application or client requirement. Please contact us with what you need.

Do you run open courses for the public?

We do periodically run open courses for individuals to attend. Please contact us for information on cost and dates.

This course is part of the Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework from Original Outdoors. We are part of the Wilderness Skills Association.

Who are we?

Original Outdoors is an established outdoor activity and training provider in North Wales.
We are passionate about the outdoors and share this through our training courses, activity days activity days and outdoor services.

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Original Outdoors
Maes Gwyn
LL15 1UL

+44(0)1824 703 121 (Office)

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