2017 South Central Regional Training

Bend, Texas
Saturday, January 28, 2017
2017 South Central Regional Training
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - Saturday, February 04, 2017

Leaning Bluff Lodge (Barefoot Camp and RV Park)
325-628-3395
p.o. Box 49
Bend, Texas 76824
United States

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About the Seminar

This seminar consists of extensive classroom and fieldwork in all phases of cave rescue including underground environment, vertical rescue, hauling systems, extrication techniques, medical management, communications systems, and the organization and management of cave rescue operations.  Basic and advanced course material is presented for students who typically include cavers, emergency service personnel, and emergency managers

 

The Level 1 and Level 2 seminars provide approximately 80 hours of instruction over eight days.  Its classes are physically strenuous and participants must be in good physical health.  Students should be prepared to work in difficult situations, both above and below ground.  Each student must demonstrate his or her ability to ascend (on rope) 30 meters, change over, and rappel part way down, tie off a descender, correct a jammed descender, then rappel safely to the ground as part of initial check-in skills.

 

Courses Offered

LEVEL 1 teaches current cave rescue and emergency management techniques, and provides instruction in caving, basic rope work, litter rigging and transport, and incident command systems.  It is specifically designed to meet the various needs of agency personnel with little or no cave related experience, and Cavers with little or any rescue or medical experience.  Level 1 prepares the student to function as a cave rescue team member. Level 1 class is limited to 30 students.

 

LEVEL 2 prepares student to function as cave rescue team leaders. Participants in Level 2 must have successfully completed an NCRC Level 1 course within the past four years.  The Level 2 curriculum assumes that students have learned, retained and practiced the skills taught in Level 1.   Students are taught more advanced techniques in medical management, vertical and horizontal rescue, team leadership and incident management.  Level 2 class is limited to 20 students.

 

VERTICAL SYSTEM WORKSHOP (Optional): This is your opportunity to practice personal single rope technique (SRT) skills prior to entry testing, and to prepare yourself for a more productive NCRC experience. Build and adjust a safe, functional climbing system; fit and fine-tune your existing system; work on ascending techniques; and practice changeovers. This optional session is open to all registered students. It will be held the evening of Friday Feb. 8, from 6:00 to 7:30:00 p.m. Any student not absolutely confident in their personal SRT skills should plan to participate in this workshop.

 

SPAR (Small Party Assisted Rescue) is a three-day class being offered twice (Jan 28-30 & Jan 31 - Feb 2) providing the participants with the change to learn rescue techniques applicable for typical caving group. Common techniques include: converting typical cave rigging to lower a stranded caver, counterweighted systems, traveling haul systems, SRT pick-offs, etc. High proficiency with your personal vertical systems is critical and will be evaluated on the first day. SPAR is limited to 8 students


White Nose Policy for the 2017 Seminar.


For those traveling from White Nose affected areas or have caved in those areas with your gear you must decontaminate your gear upon arriving prior to going into the caves.   

There will be no requirement to decontaminate your gear throughout the seminar.

Decontamination procedures listed from the USDA National Forest will be used.

This policy may be updated prior to the event.  
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About the Seminar

 This seminar consists of extensive classroom instruction and fieldwork in all phases of cave rescue including underground environment, vertical rescue, hauling systems, extrication techniques, medical management, communication systems, and the organization and management of cave rescue operations. Basic and advanced course material is presented for students who typically include cavers, emergency services personnel, and emergency managers.

 The seminar provides approximately 100 hours of instruction over eight days. Its classes are physically strenuous and participants must be in good physical health. Students should be prepared to work in difficult situations, both above and below ground.

 NCRC requires participants in its seminars to possess certain skills as prerequisites. Each student must demonstrate his or her ability to ascend (on rope), change over, rappel part way down, tie off their descender, then rappel safely to the ground as part of initial check-in skills. Students must also demonstrate proficiency with the basic knots and hitches used in cave rescue. Students in Levels 2 and 3 will additionally be required to demonstrate retention of key skills learned in previous levels as a prerequisite for participation in the next level. Those lacking the necessary skills will have the option to withdraw from the course or repeat a previous level. Information on specific prerequisites will be provided upon registration, or may be found on the NCRC website.   http://www.caves.org/commission/ncrc/national/NCRC_Student_Area/ncrc_student_resources.htm

 Participants must review and sign a liability waiver during on-site registration. (Persons under the age of 18 may be permitted to participate in the course, but must contact the registrar prior to registration concerning specific rules and restrictions.)

 

Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Credit Cards (Visa Mastercard) Accepted or

    Make checks for TOTAL payable to: NCRC

    To pay by check you must contact us so we can allow the registration system to let you register.

    Contact Tonya Ward tlw.lucy@gmail.com 512-785-6942 to make arrangements.
     
    No personal checks accepted after January 9, 2016

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