this program is nationally endorsed


Here it is - a team leader's rope rescue course which addresses the very latest techniques and training methods from both here and abroad. Over four to six days* you will cover a vast array of up to the minute high angle rescue techniques using state of the art equipment. Every day of the program sees us at a different and more challenging venue where we will introduce new concepts and techniques used by the world's leading rescue teams.

The Wilderness Rescue Leader  program is designed for recreational abseilers & climbers, volunteer & professional rescue personnel, serving military roping leaders, outdoor education leaders, rope access specialists etc who desire a leader level qualification contextualized to vertical rescue. We have endeavored to put together a program which both addresses national training package competencies as well as up to the minute, practical skills for the active rope professional - no matter what your field of expertise or work environment.

Some of the program content:

The leader component of the course addresses the following nationally accredited training units:

Implement & monitor risk management policies & procedures for working at height

Train Small Groups

Implement & monitor minimum impact work practices

Plan & lead an activity involving work at height

Coordinate emergency response in situations that involve exposure to falls from height


During the delivery of these units we cover selection & maintenance of rescue quality (R/Q) equipment - identification of certification standard markings (EN, CE, NFPA, Standards Australia, UIAA etc).

Rescue team structure and command & control procedures.

Abseil (rappel) techniques, self rescue, rope ascending (improvised & mechanical).

Anchor selection & rigging (knots, slings & artificial protection).

Lowering systems - racks, brake tubes, change of direction (COD) systems.

Raising systems - mechanical advantage, pulleys, tandem prusik hitches, rope grabs, bipods & tripods, load release hitches & rescue belays.

'Evac' stretchers / Stokes basket litters & patient packaging, litter pre rig construction, tag lines.

Highline (Tyrolean traverse) construction, slack lines & inclined ropeways (flying foxes).



Prior abseiling and rescue experience. Candidates will be sent pre course learning material upon booking either in hard copy, word.doc or Adobe PDF format.


Leadership Qualification with Wilderness Vertical Rescue endorsements.

The Cost and Dates

$ 1250.00 per person

Emergency services personnel discounts apply. Courses require minimum numbers.

2004: Dates on request

*Duration of course may depend on endorsements sought, number of students, prior experience and whether RPL (recognition of prior learning) is requested.




All Personal Protective Equipment & rigging gear,

pre and mid course training resources,

Mike Brown's 300 page handbook 'Engineering Practical Rope Rescue Systems',

7mm prusik cord set.

Instructor / Student Ratio




For industrial rescue courses, visit the SAR website at www.safetyaccessrescue.com


The Outdoor Safety Training Consultants

+61 2 47827722 | FX +61 2 47824664 info@adventureguides.com.au

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