Navshield Registration

Please read this page before proceeding to register to make sure you have all the required information to complete your registration.

Before proceeding to registration you will need to answer the following questions:

  • Are you entering your team into the 1 day event or the 2 day event?
  • What is your team’s registration division?
  • What is your team’s name?
  • How many members are in your team?
  • Would you like to order any meals?

Please note that in addition to registering all teams / team members, this year due to COVID-19 we also need to register all non-participant support members attending Navshield for the purposes of supporting your team, e.g. team cooks. As usual, there are no charges for these additional non-participating support members to attend but like everyone else, they will need to adhere to the COVID requirements outlined in the COVID-19 section below such as completing a RAT test in the 24hrs prior to attending.

Registration

Here are the links to registration. Please make sure you have read this whole page before you proceed!

Link for registration for Emergency Service teams entering the 1 day event (SES, RFS, VRA, Police, Ambulance, Military, Rescue Helicopters, Health, NPWS):

—> Registration for Emergency Services, 1 DAY ONLY <—

Link for registration for Emergency Service teams entering the 2 day event (SES, RFS, VRA, Police, Ambulance, Military, Rescue Helicopters, Health, NPWS):

—> Registration for Emergency Services, 2 DAY ONLY <—

 Link for registration for non-emergency services participants, 1 or 2 day. (Rogaine, Bushwalking Club, Outdoor group, Education group etc):

—> Proceed to GENERAL REGISTRATION <—

Link for registration of participant support crew. All support crew attending Navshield 2022 are requested to register. Note that while team member registration closes on or before 6 July 22, registration of supporters will remain open until 14 July 22:

—> Proceed to PARTICIPANT SUPPORT CREW REGISTRATION <—

When is it?

 Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July 2022

Where is it?

Tarlo River National Park, about 2 hours south west of Sydney, near Goulburn (map). It is classic bushwalking country with generally open terrain dissected by the magnificent Tarlo River Gorge. The course is at a moderate altitude so it should not snow this year. The exact location will be revealed 1 week before the event.

Entry criteria for Navshield 2022

Please read this section carefully.

All participants must be >18yrs old with the exception of NSW SES / RFS operational members (not cadets) who must be >16yrs old

Participants must be willing to sign an acceptance of risk statement and risk waiver.

BSAR NSW encourages participants at NavShield to carry a PLB. Specific information about how to register your PLB for Navshield 2021 will be provided in the participant information pack sent to teams one week before the event. For more information refer to here.

Registration Divisions: Two Day Event

The two day event starts at 09:00 on Saturday and finishes at 12:00 Sunday.

Emergency Services Division (Navigation Shield)

The Emergency Services Division is for recognised rescue services which are involved in land search and rescue. This division shall include teams from the Police, Ambulance, Rural Fire Services, State Emergency Services, National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Volunteer Rescue Association. Interstate teams from recognised emergency services, and teams representing the Australian Federal Police, and the Australian Defence Forces, may also enter this division.

Teams in the Emergency Services Division (two day event) must have a minimum of 4 participants, to a maximum of 6 participants, per team.

All members of your team must represent the same emergency service, but team members may be from different units. For example, a Rural Fire Service team may consist of team members from two different brigades. Your nominated team name, and team number, will identify your team.

Minimum equipment rules apply to this division.

Teams in the Emergency Services Division (two day event) shall compete for the annual Navigation Shield. Only the first placed team will be awarded the winning trophy in this division.

Bushwalking Division (Bushwalkers Trophy)

The Bushwalking Division is for teams from Clubs which are affiliated with Bushwalking NSW, and for teams from other outdoor groups. Teams from university outdoor clubs, adventure clubs, scouts, church groups, and education groups, may enter this division.

Teams in the Bushwalking Division (two day event) must have a minimum of 4 participants, to a maximum of 6 participants, per team.

It is not necessary for all of the members of your team to be members of the same club. Your nominated team name, and team number, will identify your team.

Minimum equipment rules apply to this division.

Teams in the Bushwalking Division (two day event) shall compete for the Bushwalkers Trophy. Only the first placed team will be awarded the winning trophy in this division.

Rogaine Division (Two Day Event)

The Rogaine Division is for teams comprised of members of the Rogaine Association of Australia, and its sub-branches. These teams will participate using the standard rules of rogaining.

Teams in the Rogaine Division (two day event) will be comprised of a minimum of 2 participants, up to a maximum of 5 participants.

Participants in the Rogaine Division are exempt from the minimum equipment rules, but must instead carry the minimum equipment specified by the Australian Rogaining Association.

Only the first placed team will be awarded the winning trophy in this division.

Division Four (Two Day Event)

Division 4 (two day event) is for all teams from the recognised rescue services, bushwalking clubs, or other outdoors groups, which do not have the required minimum number of participants to enter into one of the above divisions. Teams in Division Four must have a minimum of two participants and a maximum of six participants.

Teams that wish to enter NavShield to practice their map and compass skills, without competing directly against the highly trained emergency services teams, or the skilled, fit, and experienced bushwalking teams, are encouraged to enter Division Four (two day event). Division four provides safe opportunities for less experienced teams to participate in NavShield, without enduring the rigorous competition of the main event.

Minimum equipment rules apply to this division.

Only the first placed team will be awarded the winning trophy in Division Four (two day event).

Registration Divisions: One Day Event

The one day event starts at 09:00 on Saturday and finishes at 18:00 on Saturday.                                     

Emergency Services Division (One Day Event)

The Emergency Services Division is for recognised rescue services which are involved in land search and rescue. The entry criteria are the same in the one day event as they are in the two day event. However, teams in the Emergency Services Division (one day event) must have between 2 to 4 participants per team.

Minimum equipment rules also apply in the one day event.

Only the first placed team will be awarded the winning trophy in this division. Teams in the 1 day event are not eligible to win the Navigation Shield.

Bushwalking Division (One Day Event)

The Bushwalking Division is for teams from Clubs which are affiliated with Bushwalking NSW, and for teams from Other Outdoor Groups. The entry criteria are the same in the one day event as they are in the two day event. However, teams in the Bushwalking Division (one day event) must have between 2 to 4 participants per team.

Minimum equipment rules also apply in the one day event.

Only the first placed team will be awarded the winning trophy in this division. Teams in the 1 day event are not eligible to win the Bushwalkers Trophy.

Rogaine Division (One Day Event)

The Rogaine Division is for teams comprised of members of the Rogaine Association of Australia, and its sub-branches. These teams will participate using the standard rules of rogaining.

Teams in the Rogaine Division (two day event) will be comprised of a minimum of 2 participants, up to a maximum of 5 participants.

Participants in the Rogaine Division are exempt from the minimum equipment rules, but must instead carry the minimum equipment specified by the Australian Rogaining Association.

Only the first placed team will be awarded the winning trophy in this division.

Division Four (One Day Event)

This division is for all teams from the recognised rescue services, bushwalking clubs, or other outdoors groups, which do not meet the entry criteria for the above divisions. Teams in Division Four must have a minimum of two participants and a maximum of six participants

Minimum equipment rules still apply.

Only the first placed team will be awarded the winning trophy in Division Four (one day event).

Additional Trophies and Awards

Best in Service Awards

In the Emergency Services Division a separate perpetual trophy will be awarded to the best team from each emergency service. A minimum of three teams representing a single emergency service are required for the best-in-service trophy to be awarded. For example, if three or more teams representing Police enter NavShield (including NSW, Interstate, and Federal Police Forces), then the Police team with the best overall score in the Emergency Service Division will be awarded the Perpetual Best in Service Trophy for Police.

Best in Service Awards will be presented at the completion of both the one day event and the two day event.

Attendance Awards

Attendance awards recognising those who have competed in past NavShields will be awarded to individuals competing in the Emergency Services Division, Bushwalking Division, and Division Four. These will be awarded at the completion of both the one day event and the two day event.

Awards will recognise 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 NavShields, regardless of whether individuals have previously competed in the one day event or the two day event.

Attendance awards are not awarded in the Rogaine Division.

Entry Fees

Entry is free for Emergency Services teams. NSW SES is funding the event for all Australian emergency services. This includes event fees, Saturday breakfast, a ration pack for the field (a 12 hour ration pack for 1 day participants and both a 12 hour & 24 hour ration pack for 2 day participants) and a meal after the event (Saturday dinner for 1 day participants or Sunday lunch for 2 day participants). When you complete registration it will show you owe zero but it is requested that you step through the payment process of paying $0 to finalise your registration

For participants who are not in the emergency services the entry fees are $60 per person for either the 1 day or 2 day event. We can provide, at extra cost, catered meals at base and ration packs for your meals while in the field. See below for details and costs.

Payment Options

We are using the service provider RegisterNow to handle our registrations this year.

RegisterNow accepts paypal and credit card payments (all major cards accepted). Note that RegisterNow will add a 3.3% service fee plus a payment processing fee depending on how you make the payment of between 0.6-2.0%. This amount will increase to a flat 5.5% on 1st of July. 

Additional Information

Entries Close

Entries close at 14:00 on Wednesday 6 July 2022 or 500 participants – whichever comes first!

Refunds

If your team wishes to withdraw from the event, if you inform us before 14:00 on 6 July 2022 we will give you a 100% refund.

If you wish to withdraw from the event or change a team member please contact Brian Stirk via email: navshield@bsar.org.au.

If you need to withdraw due to COVID requirements (waiting for COVID test result, or show possible COVID symptoms) you will get a 100% refund at any time.

If Navshield is cancelled in 2022 all participants will receive a 100% refund.

Late Entries and Changes

In some cases late team entries and changes of team members or meal orders may be possible by contacting Brian Stirk via email: navshield@bsar.org.au. Additional late fees may be payable for some late changes. Late team entries made after the closing date will incur an additional team fee of $55.

COVID-19

It is a requirement of entry that attendees including teams and supporters meet the following:

– Test negative on a Rapid Antigen Test taken within 24 hours prior to entry (test to be taken at home)

– Are double vaccinated (unless medically exempt or ineligible)

– Are COVID-19 negative 

– Do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and are not a close contact

If you are unable to meet these requirements, you cannot attend Navshield 2022. Staff at the entry gate will ask you to declare you met the requirements before granting entry.

Please bring a mask to Navshield for use when social distancing isn’t possible.

Questions?

Please try to answer your registration questions by reading through the above sections carefully. However, if you have any questions which are not answered in the registration information then please contact Brian Stirk via email; navshield@bsar.org.au.

Merchandise

We will not be doing merchandise this year.

Catering

Salvation Army Emergency Services catering will be catering at NavShield 2022.

Meals should be pre-ordered during your online registration. Vegetarian options are available, but should be pre-ordered online. When you register you will also be asked if you have any other special dietary requirements such as gluten free – we can’t cater for everything but we will try our best.

You will be provided with disposable plates, cups and cutlery. You can bring your own plates and cutlery but we might not be able to serve your food on it as we have a lot of meals to serve in a short space of time and unfortunately serving on people’s own plates is much slower.

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits and fruit cake will be provided from 06:00 until 22:00 each day.

Meal times and prices are as follows:

 Friday Dinner

 Steak or vegetable patty, mash potatoes with gravy and mixed vegetables

Ice cream and fruit salad

 18:00 to 20:00 $17.50
 Saturday Breakfast

Bacon and eggs or Spaghetti/baked beans on toast

Cereal, toast spreads, juice, fruit

06:00 to 08:00 $12
 Saturday Dinner

Soup

Beef and potato hot pot or Vegetable noodle stir fry

Fruit cake and custard

18:00 to 20:30 $17.50
 Sunday Breakfast

Bacon and eggs or Spaghetti/baked beans on toast

Cereal, toast spreads, juice, fruit

 07:00 to 09:00 $12
 Sunday Lunch Pasta with bolognaise sauce or Pasta with vegetable sauce 12:00 to 14:00 $15

Field Ration Packs:

Field ration packs are available so participants can have food provided while they are on the course. These are 12 hour “Meals Ready To Eat” (MRE) for 1 day participants or  24 hour MREs for 2 day participants – also known as army ration packs. These are available for purchase at registration and will be given to you when you pick up your team envelopes from registration at the event before the event start. Please note that we have a limited supply of vegetarian and gluten free ration packs which will be offered on request only. 

We are doing this to comply with NSW emergency services policy that emergency services personnel are provided meals for the duration of the event, regardless of whether they are at base or in the field. They are being offered as an option to the non-emergency services teams.

The contents of the MREs are:

12 hour MRE (for 1 day participants, $29.80):

  • Main meal (Lunch). One of:
    • Butter Chicken
    • Beef Casserole
    • Chicken Italiano
    • Chilli Con Carne
    • Chunky Chicken and Vegetables
    • Spaghetti Bolognese
    • Vegetable Curry
  • Cream crackers
  • Cereal bar x2, Wholemeal cereal bar, chia bar
  • Fruit bars x2
  • Steak bar, peppered
  • Jam sandwich biscuits
  • Vegemite
  • Lollies
  • Mentos
  • Peaches in juice
  • Flameless heater pack
  • Tissues
  • Hand wipes
  • Spoon
  • Total weight: 0.9kg

24 hours MRE (for 2 day participants, $43):

  • Main meals (Lunch, dinner). One of these options:
    • Butter Chicken/Beef Casserole
    • Chicken Italiano/Beef Casserole
    • Chilli Con Carne/Chicken Italiano
    • Spaghetti Bolognese/Chunky Chicken and Vegetables
    • Vegetable Curry/Baked Beans
  • Cream crackers
  • Cereal bar x2, Wholemeal cereal bar with fruit and chia
  • Fruit bars x2
  • Steak bar, peppered
  • Jam sandwich biscuits
  • Vegemite
  • Lollies
  • Mentos
  • Peaches in juice
  • Kopiko candy x2
  • Flameless heater pack
  • Tissues
  • Hand wipes
  • Spoon
  • Total weight: 1.5kg

NOTE: The flameless heater pack in the 24 hour MRE is acceptable as your cooker in the mandatory equipment for the 2 day event. You do not need to take a separate cooker.

 

Catering Arrangements for Emergency Services Members

Participants in the 1 day event will get the following meals provided. You will not have to pay for the following catering:

  • Saturday breakfast
  • 1 day field rations (12 hour MRE)
  • Saturday dinner

Participants in the 2 day event will get the following meals provided. You will not have to pay for the following catering:

  • Saturday breakfast
  • 2 day field rations (12 hour MRE and 24 hour MRE)
  • Sunday lunch

If you would like additional meals catered during your stay at Navshield you will need to pay for them. You can order this during registration.

Final Comments

The prices charged for participants fees, meals and MREs are covering our costs only. NSW SES will not be making a profit on the event. 

Due to NPWS stipulations, this event is limited to the first 500 fully registered participants

Processing fees charged by our website provider RegisterNow are also increasing to 5.5% on the 01 July 2022 so we recommend you get in early and finalise your registration before 01 July!!