Tracking and Observation Course

What is it?

(Visual) tracking is the art of being able to track a human being or animal by the many signs and marks (sign) left on the ground and surroundings after their passage through an area. It is one of the most ancient of skills, mastered by our human ancestors as they relied on it to hunt and procure food. Many traditional cultures still practice this art but regrettably it is slowly dying out.

Who should a undertake tracking course?

Search and rescue teams are able to effectively employ tracking skills to reduce search areas allowing more directed searches to be undertaken by determining general direction of travel when searching for lost persons. Tracking teams can supplement ground and aerial searches and are used extensively in the USA as a vital component of search and rescue efforts.

People with an interest in observing nature, monitoring or photographing wildlife will benefit from the skills taught on the course as animal behaviour is discussed among other topics. Anyone seeking a more intimate understanding of the natural environment in any respect will gain much from the observation and perceptual training presented during the course.

Subjects covered include:

  • Sense training
  • Observation skills
  • Binocular/ spotting scope selection and use
  • Use of hides and camoflague
  • Categories of sign
  • Measuring tracks and gaits
  • Factors affecting tracking
  • Judging the age of sign
  • Track interpretation and deduction
  • Tracking tools
  • Plaster casting tracks
  • Tracking boxes
  • Using camera traps
  • Using track traps
  • Track pursuit drill
  • Lost track drill
  • Sign cutting
  • Incident site procedure
  • Preservation of evidence (Search & Rescue only)
  • Search and rescue tracking techniques
  • Track reporting tools

Course Duration and cost:

  • 2 days – $440 includes GST
  • 3 days – $545 includes GST

What else do I need to know?

The course is delivered in a field camp setting. Tent accommodation is provided or you can bring your own. Basic field toilet facilities are available and you will be practicing camp craft as a component of the course. This means you will maintain a group cooking fire and cook your own food (provided). You will undertake a range of activities involving observation and tracking of both animal and human (the other animal) quarries through bushland.

The course environment ensures a friendly, relaxed and supportive learning experience for students, that is fully risk managed but remains challenging. Tracking is quite physically demanding to perform so a good level of personal fitness is required prior to undertaking the course. Sturdy enclosed footwear, long sleeve shirt and long pants are also recommended. A detailed recommended equipment to bring list will be provided prior to attending the course.

Wildlife Observation – Workshop

What is it?

This is an introductory workshop to wildlife observation skills and complements our Tracking Course. The workshop addresses a range of subjects to improve your ability to see, photograph and monitor wildlife in the Australian bush.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in observing wildlife, learning how to move quietly in the bush, selecting likely vantage points, understanding animal behaviour patterns and using aids to observation.

Workshop subjects:

  • Observation skills
  • Binocular/ spotting scope selection and use
  • Selecting vantage points
  • Using tree stands and hides
  • Silent movement techniques
  • Camouflage and concealment

Course duration and cost:

  • 1 day – $149 includes GST

What else do I need to know?

trackPlease bring your own binoculars or other optics, cameras are more than welcome. You will need to bring some lunch and a water bottle, sunproof clothing (preferably darker colours, tans, greens and browns).

Outdoor Tracking and Observation Course Dates:

For information on the dates of upcoming courses click here.

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