Training

SARTI’s members meet at least quarterly around Virginia to practice tracking skills. We schedule our regular training events on the second weekend of the second month of each quarter. The only exception to this schedule is every May, when we have our Spring quarterly training during the National Park Service Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

We also attend other regional SAREXs, VDEM events, and local SAR group training events.

We update our calendar below when we find out about new tracking classes and other events. Please tell us if you have an event you would like to add! Contact our training officer by email at “training(at)sarti(dot)us” if you have any questions.

SARTI Training Calendar

 

  • SARTI Quarterly Training and SAREX
  • Location: Rocky Knob Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway, VA
  • We have SARTI training during a full-scale search and rescue exercise (SAREX) .
  • This event is open to all current and prospective members of SARTI.
  • Here is last year’s Event page – a new page will be created soon!
  • Foundations for Awareness, Signcutting and Tracking (FAST)
  • This is a 40 hour course offered at VDEM’s SAR Academy.
  • Location: Winchester, VA
  • VDEM opens registration on the LMS 90 days prior to the course dates.
  • You must already be a member of SARTI or another VDEM team to attend.
  • SARTI Quarterly Training
  • Location: Mt. Solon, VA
  • This event is open to all current and prospective members of SARTI.
  • Foundations for Awareness, Signcutting and Tracking (FAST)
  • This is a 40 hour course offered at VDEM’s SAR Academy.
  • Location: Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, VA
  • VDEM opens registration on the LMS 90 days prior to the course dates.
  • You must already be a member of SARTI or another VDEM team to attend.
  • SARTI Quarterly Training
  • Location: Newport News, VA
  • Open to all current and prospective members of SARTI
  • VDEM Advanced Human Tracking Class
  • Location: TBA
  • This is a full 3 day course (Fri morning – Sunday afternoon).
  • VDEM opens registration on the LMS 90 days prior to the course dates.
  • Students must already have tracking experience. (FAST class or another 40 hour course is recommended)
  • Foundations for Awareness, Signcutting and Tracking (FAST)
  • This is a 40 hour course offered at VDEM’s SAR Academy.
  • Location: Appomattox, VA
  • VDEM opens registration on the LMS 90 days prior to the course dates.
  • You must already be a member of SARTI or another VDEM team to attend.
  • SARTI Quarterly Training
  • Location TBA
  • Open to all current and prospective members of SARTI
  • VASARCO Conference
  • Location: Holiday Lake 4H Center, Appomattox, VA
  • Courses are held on Thursday and Friday.
  • Seminars and short workshops are conducted on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Some Tracking Evaluation stations will be available.