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I am so excited. One more step towards certifying Indra. The SAR Academy of wilderness search and rescue started today. It's actually the NASAR program we are going through even though NY isn't nationally certifying, SAR Academy is using the NASAR standard because it is the national standard and if we want to we can actually certify nationally.

I just found out that right now, since I went through one of their program last year I have the equivalent of the NASAR SARTECH III. Once we went through the Academy we'll have SARTECH I level.

What you guys think, should I put the NASAR certification on top of the NYSFEDSAR Crew Boss? Can't hurt, right?

If I got it right, this is the second year they are actually holding the SAR Academy. Last years recruits were the first ones and I've done the DEC with them, together and we've been on pretty much the same searches and I think I'm the only one in the Academy that has been out on Searches. Everybody else is brand new but that doesn't mean anything. The Geo Cashers are way ahead of me when it comes up to LandNav LOL
 

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NASAR is not, in the eyes of many, what it once was....and the NASAR certifications don't necessariy mean anything to anybody that I have seen unless you move to a state or team that requires them.

The body of knowledge is good though - it can't hurt.

Been SAR II for over a decade - the test is not hard (and is basically has not really changed that much). The land nav test in the SAR II is a basic orienteering course and not very real world but it is a start.

It appears they have lowered the standard for SAR I if they do not require x number of hours of search experience and first responder certification (istelf a 40 hour class with a practical exam) before testing. The BOK for SAR I is, however, pretty good too.
 

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I guess it doesn't matter what you do, Nancy. For some people it won't be good enough. I remember that I was recommended getting NASAR certified on here, I think it was you that recommended it.
 

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I guess what I was saying is that I think it is good training and a good test and, honestly, MLPI is one of the best classes I have ever had. ADSAR is good too.

BUT just that it just does not mean much to very many people (though it may some other places) ---
 
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