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2022 Academy Training Schedule

Our academy runs late February through early April. Wednesday night classroom sessions are in Redwood City. Saturday field training locations vary and will be announced prior to each training. All academy sessions are mandatory.


Academy graduates are considered senior trainees and are field ready.  Senior Trainees are eligible to submit background applications upon successful completion of post-academy sign-offs.  Graduates will be monitored for participation level and continued education before becoming fully sworn members.


Planned 2022 Academy dates, subject to change.

Pre-Academy

Sat, February 5

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Applicant Interviews and Pre-Academy Training Demonstrations
- Knots
- Map Navigation
- Radio Communication
- Patient Assessment
- Rappel

Week 1

Wed, February 23

6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Fundamentals of SAR, Pack Lists, Gear
Week 2 Wed, March 2
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Navigation (GPS and Map/Compass)

Week 3

Wed, March 9

6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Incident Command System, Search Management, Search Techniques

Sat Field Training  

Sat, March 12

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Fitness Hike, Navigation, Team Leadership

Week 4

Wed, March 16

6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Radio Communications, Scene Safety

Week 5

Wed, March 23

6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Working with Patrol

Sat Field Training Sat, March 26
8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Technical Rescue, Medical

Week 6

Wed, March 30

6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Lost Person Behavior/K9

Sat Field Training

Sat, April 2
8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional, 1st Aid, O2 Administration (optional with proof of certifications)

Week 7

Wed, April 6

6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Traffic Control Safety


FINAL Weekend  

Sat, April 9

8:00 AM-8:00 AM

Navigation, Search Strategy Exercise, Evidence Search, Pack Checks, Mock Search and Unexpected Night Out Training (UNO)