Training Courses 2019/2020

Search Management  Carrbridge Hotel: 15th – 17th November 2019

Course full, wait list places available

Designed for team members who wish to learn or develop their understanding of search management.

The aim of this course is to train team members in missing persons search management techniques within a Scottish Mountain Rescue context. This course introduces established best practice recognised by multi agencies and additionally provides appreciation of police requirements in relation to search standards.

Digital Mapping Carrbridge Hotel: 15th – 17th November 2019
Designed for those team members who wish to learn the use of Scottish Mountain Rescue mapping software known as Mountain Map – and how it integrates with search management techniques. This course will demonstrate how the new radios work with Mountain Map.
Casualty Care Assessment, Ochils MRT: 24th November 2019
Casualty Care Certificate is the only award recognised by the licensing agreement for the administration of drugs by team members.

PPE Inspection. Glenmore Lodge 14 & 15 December 2019

This 2 day course delivered by Lyon will equip participants to :

  • Undertake user checks, interim inspections and thorough examinations.
  • Identify damage/defects that would require the item being taken out of service.
  • Produce written examination reports and specify any actions required.

The following areas will be covered :

Legislation overview; Management systems overview; Inspection of equipment; Storage, care and maintenance; Assessment

Upon successful completion of the course and the assessment then a certificate will be given that will have a duration of 3 years.

Avalanche Companion, Glenmore Lodge: 10th – 12th January 2020
The Avalanche Companion course is suited to rescue team members with little or no previous experience of rescue in potentially hazardous winter terrain.
Avalanche Rescue, Braemar: 31st January – 2nd February
The Avalanche Rescue course is suited to rescue team members who have completed the Avalanche Companion course. Alternatively, participants should understand the basics of avalanche hazard assessment and risk reduction. Candidates should be able to perform a transceiver search and companion rescue of a single buried victim.
Winter Rigging, Fort William: 21st – 23rd Feb
 Designed for those team members who can effectively operate without protection on winter Grade I terrain, and have completed the SMR Rigging Practitioner course. The programme will refresh, up-date and improve your practical winter technical rigging knowledge and rescue skills in the field.
Casualty Care Assessment, North/West Scotland – Broadford Isle of Skye: 1st March 2020
Casualty Care Certificate is the only award recognised by the licensing agreement for the administration of drugs by team members.
Casualty Care Course, Fort William: 7th-9th February 2020

The Casualty Care Certificate is a national qualification allowing mountain rescue team members to practice first aid to the highest recognised standard in the UK. Successful completion of the exam authorises non-healthcare professionals to administer essential medication in a mountain rescue context. This weekend course aims to prepare candidates for the exam and will cover all the key aspects of the Casualty Care Certificate syllabus.  Training will be delivered through a mixture of lectures, small group practical workshops and realistic scenarios. A detailed programme for the weekend will be sent to you after you have booked a place on the course.
Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid 6th-8th March 2020

2-day course delivered by approved SMHFA instructors.

Over the weekend, delegates will also be given the opportunity to learn about the UKSAR Wellbeing Framework and the initiatives currently ongoing to support volunteer responders.

The instructors and support team for this training have many years’ experience in Search and Rescue and Policing and understand the context of delivering this course to Mountain Rescue delegates. This is the first SMHFA course to be delivered as part of the SMR National Training Programme.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) was first developed in Australia by Betty Kitchener and her husband Professor Anthony Jorm. Betty and Tony realised that there was no mental health equivalent of physical first aid. This germ of an idea led to an internationally recognised programme of simple steps that can be used to help a person in distress. Founded in 2001, the programme has spread from Australia to over 20 countries.

In 2003 Betty Kitchener brought the course over to Scotland, and currently there are over 300 SMHFA instructors in Scotland and more than 40,000 people have attended the training.




How to book?

Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003