One of the great benefits to membership within the Squad is access to nationally accredited training in a variety of outdoor disciplines.
As a starting point, Prospective Members are required to undertake a Squad Induction Bushwalk. This is a two day walk of medium difficulty and mostly off track. The purpose of the Induction Walk is so we can get to know you and determine if you are suited to the squad, and for you to determine whether the squad is for you. During this walk we will discuss how the squad operates and a little of the Squad’s history in order to give you some background on how the squad works.
General training includes:
- search techniques
- navigation and GPS
- radio communication
- bush fitness
- bushcraft (such as tracking and route finding)
- how BWRS works with other emergency services
The general training is overseen by BWRS instructors. Some of the specialised elective training such as vertical rescue and helicopter operations are done by external trainers, such as other VRA squads and rescue helicopter operators.