About the Course

Search and Rescue (SAR) professionals wear many hats during their careers. Logistics and protocol gobble up much of your training time while ground pounding and search grids often consume the lion's share of SAR professional. However, the “technical rope rescue” side of things is always the elephant in the room; less than 10% of any given team can truly wrap their head around all that goes into this stuff.

Our goal here at Rigging Lab Academy is to minimize the time allotment for learning critical technical concepts and set you on a path to higher learning and a solid knowledge base. 


Search and Rescue Mini-Course - Rigging Lab Academy

What You'll Learn

The Seach and Rescue Mini-Course was specifically designed with the search and rescue professional in mind. You may be asking yourself, "What about litter handling?" Don't worry... We've included material on that as well!

  • Look into the world of artificial high directionals in the backcountry

  • Critical components for rigging light and fast systems

  • When and where to bolt

  • The use of cams for anchors when the choice for anchors are limited

  • Limiting tension within systems

  • Spanning huge gaps without the need for highlines.

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  • Rigging Lab Academy: Multiple Instructors

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    Rigging Lab Academy: Multiple Instructors

    This course is brought to you through the efforts of multiple Rigging Lab Academy Instructors. These instructors have hand-selected material from their full-featured courses — all of which are exclusively available here at Rigging Lab Academy — and contributed them to a specific section or unit of this course. By blending the teachings of various instructors, Rigging Lab Academy members will gain exposure to different areas of expertise, course materials, and teaching methodologies.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Unit 1: Welcome
    • 1.1 Welcome
    • 1.2 Knots, Bends & Hitches: The Basics for Rope Rescue, Work Access & SAR Systems
    • 1.3 Video Tutorial: Knots, Bends & Hitches: The Basics for Rope Rescue, Work Access & SAR Systems
  • 2
    Unit 2: Gin Poles with Tom Wood & Vertical Rescue Solutions
    • 2.1 Gin Pole Usage Overview
    • 2.2 Video Tutorial: Gin Pole Usage
  • 3
    Unit 3: Conversations In Rigging: Mirrored Skate Block Systems
    • 3.1 Mirrored Skate Block System Overview
    • 3.2 Video Tutorial: Mirrored Skate Block System Overview
  • 4
    Unit 4: Traditional & Removable Bolt Placement with Martin Barnett & Trask Bradbury: Drilling with Legacy Bolts
    • 4.1 Drilling with Legacy Bolts
    • 4.2 Video Tutorial: Drilling with Legacy Bolts
  • 5
    Unit 5: Elements of Rigging: Managing Friction
    • 5.1 Quiz: Managing Friction: Anchor Considerations in Rope Rigging Systems
    • 5.2 Video Tutorial: Managing Friction: Anchor Considerations in Rope Rigging Systems
  • 6
    Unit 6: Advanced Rigging Physics 1: Vectors & Mechanical Advantage
    • 6.1 The T-Method, Part 1
    • 6.2 Video Tutorial: The T-Method, Part 1
  • 7
    Unit 7: Advanced Rigging Physics 2: Equipment
    • 7.1 Limiting Tension, Part 1
    • 7.2 Video Tutorial: Limiting Tension, Part 1
  • 8
    Unit 8: Rigging Physics II with Pat Rhodes: Understanding Resultants
    • 8.1 Quiz: Understanding Resultants: A Case Study
    • 8.2 Video Tutorial: Understanding Resultants
  • 9
    Unit 9: Basic Litter Handling: Class 3 Litter Handling
    • 9.1 Quiz: Class 3 Litter Handling