Search Training Courses

Search And Rescue Institute New Zealand (SARINZ) was established in 2002 for the primary purpose of delivering international best practice search and rescue training to Search and Rescue responders throughout New Zealand. In the first dozen years of training, SARINZ have delivered more than 1000 training events to more than 16,000 SAR practitioners throughout New Zealand and elsewhere around the world. No other NZ based SAR training organisation even comes close to this.

Lost Person Behaviour - LPB

Lost person behavior is the cornerstone of search and rescue response efforts. Based upon a landmark study, the book and its supporting course is the definitive guide to solving the puzzle of where a lost person might be found. Nowhere else is it possible to learn about the latest subject categories, behavioral profiles, up to date statistics, suggested initial tasks, and specialized investigative questions. This course delivers the most recent advances in lost person behavior, the latest research, new models of behavior, and several new behavioral modes. Participants will go into details of actual search operations and the profiles for different groups from abduction to lost workers. Participants will learn how to separate fact from legend, use data that is applicable to their unique region, receive a rapid introduction to key points of each profile, and most importantly learn where to send teams

This course is a must for all search managers, law enforcement officers, and anyone who is involved in the planning and strategy of Search and Rescue resource deployment as well as for experienced field team members to assist with the application of search practice.

Course delivery is available in a range of one-day options. Select from a generic "how-to" course which outlines the statistics and LPB information and the application of a range of data-sets to a range of SAR scenarios through to a more in-depth course on the use and application of specific categories such as despondent/suicide, Alzheimer's/dementia, hikers/trampers or any of the other 42 LPB categories.

SARINZ are New Zealand's only fully accredited LPB training provider which ensures you get the most up-to-date and internationally credible training available.

Search Methods

In a search operation you are the person on the spot. Only you can take into account all the variables including the changing weather, light, terrain, vegetation and likely behaviour of the lost subject. This course will explore 'best-practice' of a variety of search methods and key search concepts that will cover most scenarios you are likely to encounter. We will explore the techniques and methodologies but ultimately it will be up to you to use your intelligence, experience, training and judgement in your method selection and application as you need to take into account all the factors on the day.

The Search Methods course is considered a core course for developing land based Search skills and knowledge. Your efforts will save lives. Our tutors have many years of tutoring and operational experience. Please bring any operational, technical and/or contextual questions you have as our tutors will be able to provide a range of potential solutions.

Suburban Search

Currently more than one in every ten (10%) of all New Zealand SAR operations are for people suffering from some form of dementia and the projected growth figures for the incidence of dementia have implications nationally and internationally. Add to this the number of missing children, despondent/suicides and the increasing number of evidential searchers that SAR personnel undertake in support of the Police and the total percentage of urban/suburban operations increases dramatically.

This course analyses factors impacting on suburban search success and the usefulness of particular search methods in differing suburban situations. It deals with the behaviour patterns of common suburban search subjects, applies the missing person matrix to suburban environments and explores the utilisation of tracking skills in suburban settings. Unique aspects of suburban searches, such as legal constraints, private and commercial property considerations and dealing with non-searchers are also addressed. This course is recommended for all SAR personnel that may participate in SAR operations in suburban type environments.
Navigation, Bushcraft, River Crossing and Survival can all be located under General Training