Wilderness Navigation and Basic Survival Course


map-mainOpen to the public – Everyone invited!
Date: May 26th & 27th, 2018
Location: 216-1000 Islands Parkway, Gananoque, ON
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30pm both days
Cost: $155.00

Day 1 – Classroom Instruction

Basic Survival Skills – Packing a good survival kit, Building an emergency shelter, Basic Rope and Knot skills.

Map and Compass – Learn how to read and navigate using a topographical map and compass, take bearings- predetermined and undetermined. When you are finished we want you to feel comfortable determining a direction of travel on a map and getting yourself to that point.  Understand the obstacles you will have to deal with on your route and how to maneuver around them.

Tally Count – Learn to measure distance with your pace count.

Basic GPS Skills – There are many different brands of GPS but we will teach you the basics on one and provide you with some hands on experience. From there you will have some idea of what you are looking for if you should want to purchase

Search and Rescue in Canada – http://www.SARVAC.ca If you are lost who will be looking for you?

Day 2 – Practical Field Instruction

On the second day we will take all we have learned in the class out into the field. You will get the opportunity to:

  •  Build a shelter
  • Start a fire with flint
  • Calculate your personal tally count on open ground and in the woods
  • Practice your compass skills
  • Work with a GPS in the field

Some of the equipment will be provided for the course, but if you have your own (compass, GPS) we encourage you to bring it. Since there are many different manufacturers we cannot be the expert on all of them, but we will do our best to help you with what you have.

To register:  Please submit your booking at the bottom of the event page.

Your registration is not confirmed until your payment has been received. Space is limited and we will post to the web site when the course is full.

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Thank you to all our 2016 Supporters!

banner-2We wanted to thank you for your support of TIGSAR in 2016, update you on the what the team did with the money they raised and tell you about our plans for 2017.
In the past year the team has been very busy. Of course we are still training once a month so that we can be prepared to support our community professionals whenever needed.
Our multipurpose trailer is equipped and ready for deployment. It has been very useful this past year. We now in addition to our 4 season trailer, have a generator, thanks to the Lions and Rotary clubs of Gananoque, a defibulator with new pads and battery thanks to Action First Aid and the Lions Club of Brockville, three computers thanks to the Gananoque Legion. Thanks to BCR our training K9 are receiving excellent quality food. We also received more uniforms and coats from the Frontenac County EMS.
Additional equipment from team fundraising of stokes litters, ropes, first aid supplies, admin supplies, mapping software and SAR tracking software as well as D4H for tracking our members time, events and deployment call out. We have had 5 team members attending training for K9 SAR. We have given 43 AdventureSmart (Search and Rescue Prevention) presentations to children and adults in our community schools and groups to 2680 participants, volunteering 302 hours to SAR prevention alone.
We proudly displayed the business sponsors on the back of the trailer in Brockville at the KIA of Brockville Emergency Services Day, Gananoque Rotary Craft Fair, BMX Canada Regional race in Gananaque, Polson Park community fun day in Kingston, Lyndhurst Turkey Fair, Ottawa SBO-OVSAR’s 20th Anniversary at the Aviation Museum in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario Regional SAREX Larose Forest and the Gananoque Santa Clause Parade. At the parade we gave out over 600 colouring books and the attached flyer. It has been a busy year.
In 2017 our training focus as always will be on how we can be better prepared to support our community. We plan to expand our prevention program, purchase additional rescue equipment, expand our rescue training program, conduct Team Leader training and Urban Search training.
All of this could not have happened without your support. THANK YOU!
We hope that you will continue your support of TIGSAR in 2017.

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Who and What is TIGSAR

Thousand Islands Ground Search and Rescue a Not for Profit Organization. TIGSAR is compiled of dedicated volunteers from the community who have been trained and certified in Search and Rescue techniques. Volunteer personnel trained to assist the OPP and Local Authorities, when asked, to locate a lost or missing person and bring that person to safety. The team is also be trained to assist the authorities in the event of a natural disaster.

This team operates under the Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Association (OSARVA). OSARVA is the Governing body for volunteer search and rescue teams within the Province of Ontario. They are the liaison between the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), National Search and Rescue Secretariat (NSS), Emergency Management Ontario (EMO) and the Volunteer SAR teams. OSARVA is also responsible for the instruction and certification of the “Basic Searcher” status as initiated and mandated by the OPP. Search and Rescue teams are 100% volunteer and have no government funding.

Team members train in the classroom the fourth Saturday of each month and conduct field practical exercises on a regular basis. The safety of others and our team members is essential therefore in addition to training the team we also offer programs for school children and adults called Hug-a-Tree and Survive Outside under the Adventure Smart Program. These information sessions are approximately 1 hour in length and teach how to survive and be found if they are ever lost in the woods, as well as the importance of purchasing and carrying important survival items. .In 2013 we gave 45 presentation teaching over 1500 children and adults. In 2014 we provided 41 presentations to 1685 children and adults.  We hope to top these numbers in 2015!

Please check out our other pages and post to learn more about us and how you can volunteer or support your local team with much needed funding.

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Basic Searcher Course

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The Basic Searcher Course covers the theory portions with some practical exercises to reinforce the skill being taught.  Further field exercises combined with search scenarios are offered as part of our regular training to strengthen the teams skills. The combination … Continue reading

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K-9 Training

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  One of the goals of TIGSAR has been to have a certified K9 to assist if needed on a search. In addition to regular training those who are interested also train in SAR K9 . In order to train … Continue reading

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2014 Training

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2014 got off to a great start with 5 new recruits starting the Basic Searcher course. Previously certified members working on some team leader and advanced GPS training!

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Adventure Smart Train the Trainer

On January 18th and 19th 2014 Catherine and Kevin Gill team trainers at TIGSAR became presenter trainers for Adventure Smart. They are now certified to teach other instructors to present all the Adventure Smart programs to the public.

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Thursday June 21st. Thousand Islands Ground Search and Rescue was at Linklater Public School in Gananoque giving 2 Hug a Tree Presentations. Our goal was to reach as many of our local schools with this important information before the children headed off with their families for summer vacation.
Since March 1st of this year to date, our team will have given 35 presentations totaling 120 volunteer hours dedicated to this program alone. These presentations have taken place at St. Joseph’s Catholic  School Gananoque, Joyceville Public School, Elginburg Public School, Kingston Christian and Montessori School, and now Linklater Public School. We were also able to go to TIES Public School and 1000 Islands Nursery School in November. In addition we gave the presentation to the Prescott Cubs, Brockville Cadets, Kingston Centre Cub Pack, 1st Fort Henry Sparks and Brownies Gananoque Sparks and Brownies, Brighton/Trenton Sparks and Brownie Camp. This means that more then 1300 children are now better prepared to safely enjoy their summer adventures.
TIGSAR did not have the supplies to do this on our own. From our shortage of supplies for this Hug a tree to presentation which LOWSAR out of Kenora and SAR Global One out of Ottawa generously provided, to many other services that other SAR teams can provide. We are a small part of a huge resource for our community. We are grateful to NSS, SARVAC, and OSARVA for their support in this and many other efforts.

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2013 Training

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  2013 Has been a busy year of training. Beginning with the Basic Searcher Course, Canadian Safety Council ATV Certification, Search Scenario, Night Navigation & Survival exercise, Proper Note Taking procedures, and Person overboard training in conjunction with Parks Canada … Continue reading

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Adventure Smart and Hug-A-Tree 2013

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Our hopes were to have covered as many of the area schools and any other opportunities that came available before children set off on their summer vacations with their families. We feel that if sharing this important information with children … Continue reading

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