Search Tracking Leader Course (L2)

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

Course Content

The Search Tracking Leader (L2) Course from Original Outdoors provides training for leadership of search tracking team 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:

  • Deploying tracking teams for both initial response and ongoing search operations
  • Protection of tracks and prioritisation of resources
  • Working within a wider SAR operation and alongside other agencies
  • Hierarchical command structures and working within a Strategic/Tactical/Operational command system
  • Providing tactical advice to Search Management cells
  • Deployment of resources and prioritisation of operations
  • Crime scene and major incident procedures
  • Control comms procedures
  • Briefing, debriefing and information handling
  • Conflict management

This Search Tracking 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 Tracking 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 Tracking 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.