Navshield 2021 – Yes, we are on!
NavShield 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we are pleased to say Navshield 2021 is on and planning is underway.
Every year Bush Search and Rescue NSW (BSAR) organises and runs the Australian Emergency Services Wilderness Navigation Shield or NavShield.
The 2021 event will be held 26-27 June 2021
This premier navigation event attracts entries from local, interstate and overseas organisations, including:
- VRA, both regional and specialist squads
- Police including Police Rescue
- Ambulance and SCAT
- Rural Fire Service
- Other emergency services including rescue helicopters and medical teams
- Armed Forces
- Bushwalking Clubs
- and others
Age restrictions: We can accept SES and RFS operational members of any age to be participants. All participants from other groups or services must be over 18 years of age.
Participants may be required to sign an acknowledgement of risk and risk waiver.
The event is acknowledged to be an important training event for the NSW emergency services. Entry is open to all groups that participate in search and rescue activities. Bushwalking Clubs, outdoor groups and Members of Rogaining Associations are also welcome.
Participants test their bush and compass navigation abilities in an overnight event through 100 square kms of wilderness terrain a few hours drive from Sydney, Australia. The location of the event is different each year.
This year we are going to Tarlo River National Park. This is a rarely visited park which normally has no public access. It is about 20km north of Goulburn and south of Wombeyan Caves. We have arranged special access to the park for this event with NPWS and local landholders so you have a rare chance to see this hidden gem.
The base site will be on a private farm bordering Tarlo River National Park.
At the Base Site:
- Toilets – Portable toilets are provided.
- Water – Each team should bring their own drinking water for use at base.
- Food – Catering is provided. See the registration page for details.
- Accommodation – self-sufficient camping. Be prepared for winter conditions.
- Firewood – (We will discuss this with the landholder – watch this space). Chainsaws are prohibited at NavShield.
- Children – Families with children are welcome at NavShield. However, children must remain at base during the event, and must remain under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian at all times.
- Pets – Leave them at home, as we are going to a sensitive area of a National Park so most pets are banned from entering. (We also need to talk to the base site landholder about any requirements they have – watch this space). If you need to bring a disability assistance animal please contact the event organisers prior to coming to NavShield.
- Getting there – The base site borders Tarlo River National park and is a little over a 2 hour drive from Sydney. The exact location will be revealed 1 week before the event.
- Merchandise – (To be finalised – watch this space)
- Event Timetable: (to be finalised – watch this space)
18:00 – Team registration opens at base
22:00 – Team registration closes
06:30 – Team registration re-opens
08:40 – Final briefing for all participants
09:00 – Event commences
18:00 – One day event concludes
19:00 – Presentation of one day event awards
12:00 – Two day event concludes
13:00 – Presentation of two day event awards
Bush Search & Rescue NSW (BSAR) is a specialist unit of the NSW State Emergency Service (SES).