Manage the Initial Response

This course prepares the student to participate in an Incident Management team during the initial response phase of a Search and Rescue operation including operational pre-planning; conducting search urgency assessments; collecting information for the initial response; applying lost person behaviour theory during an initial response period; applying reflex tasking; establishing and confining the initial search area; applying decision pointing; and assigning search and rescue resources during the initial response period. Students will develop an understanding of lost person behaviour and how it affects the search planning process. This is a challenging three day course that involves theory and considerable scenario based practice. Some pre course work is required but there is no post course work.

Manage the Marine Response

Manage the Marine Response course is the foundation block for incident management in a marine environment. The course takes participants through the procedures to be followed from the onset of the notification and includes chart course plotting, wind speed/direction and drift patterns pertaining to different vessels/people in the water. It also teaches about coordination of assets and drives home the importance of managing an incident by objectives, with a number of Incident Action Plans being produced. Importantly to keep the course as real as possible the interactive scenarios are real life ones that are occurred locally (NZ) with minor adaptations.

This course has been established for members of the search and rescue sector who get involved with an incident on the water.


Students who complete this course are able to describe the interrelated functions of the coordinated incident management system (CIMS) model, the incident controller’s responsibilities at an incident, and the role and function of the operations manager, the planning/intelligence manager, and the logistics manager at an incident.

SAR Leadership

This course (SAR113) is designed to provide existing and aspiring team leaders and managers with skills and knowledge to help lead small teams to achieve critical tasks often in remote and hazardous terrain. The course combines theory sessions on leadership, group process, conflict resolution and feedback with plenty of time to put it all into action in the field.

Training for Delivery

Course students will learn how to prepare for, deliver and review training sessions within their organisation. It will teach them how to maintain a positive learning environment to maximize student learning.

The course is a mix of theory and practical with each student preparing and delivering a short teaching session during the course.


This is a Safety Sensitive Programme