Search & Rescue Online Training – Basic

Search & Rescue (SAR) Online Training - Basic helps committed learners build a solid foundation of SAR knowledge.

Knowledge that will help you:

    •  Supercharge your participation with an organized SAR team
    •  Fill any gaps in your current knowledge
    •  Refresh the components that make up a successful SAR team

Search & Rescue Online Training Online

Search & Rescue Online Training - Basic enables you to learn, grow and command a solid foundation of SAR knowledge ...

... So that you can be fully informed before joining a SAR Team ...

... So that you can you can refresh or fill in gaps in your current SAR knowledge ...

... So that new SAR members receive accurate and informed foundation training as part of their onboarding process ...

... So that Others May Live ...

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"Will I be able to participate on a real search after receiving this training?"

Not yet.  You'll receive the basic foundation needed by all Search & Rescue Responders AND a clear, reputable path to become a trusted and reliable responder on an actual search mission.  

Keep reading to learn how to get started!

So, HOW does it work? 

TEAM Solutions


  • Each lesson is delivered to your device via our web-based, state-of-the-art Learning Management System (LMS)


  • Exclusive SAR content created by an experienced Responder and Instructor


  • ​Short, efficient lessons
  • Learn on your schedule
  • 1 full year of access

Thanks for bringing SAR into the tech age TEAM Solutions!

"Jen" SAR Participant

Yeah, but WHAT about this ...?

What will I be able to do after I complete the SAR Intro Course? You’ll be able to:

What's the difference between the free email course and this course?  I.e. WHAT's included in THIS course?

Is this training appropriate for ______(fill in the blank)?

Is this training certified?

May I see some sample lessons, please?

Are there discounts for group registrations, volunteers, etc.?

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Mike McKenna/TEAM Solutions

Mike McKenna


​WHO's behind all of this?

I'm Mike and for over 20 years I’ve been a Search & Rescue responder AND instructor of targeted SAR topics to audiences of all sizes and experience levels.  

When I first became interested in SAR, I wasted hours and hours learning where and how to get involved, the right way.

Like you perhaps, I discovered as much bad information as I did good information.

Those years of experience have enabled me to pass along some of the information to you that I wish I had when I was new.

Over 12,000 students from all over the world have benefited from my SAR instruction. Which one are you?

  • Citizen volunteers
  • Law enforcement
  • Fire service
  • Emergency medical personnel
  • SAR practitioners
  • Emergency managers
  • Military
  • Media, competitors (!) and other interested parties ...

These SAR topics range from:

  • Wilderness
  • Disaster
  • Wide area search
  • K9 search
  • Incident Management
    • Technical search
    • Incident Command System (ICS)
    • Emergency Management
    • Emergency Operations Centers (EOC)
    • Customized Solutions ...
It’s been a tremendous honor and privilege to help introduce, launch, solidify or refresh such a diverse group of responders in their SAR mission.

BUT, here's the challenge ...

Through the years, I’ve also been increasingly aware that there is a growing number of folks interested in expanding their SAR knowledge but that don’t have access to accurate information and experienced instruction.

  1. You live too far from a training site or don’t have the time or money to commit to a series of in-person classes
  2. The caliber of available instruction is poor, uniformed and you don’t learn what you need … or worse, you learn the wrong things
  3. You don’t have the time to surf the internet and don’t know how to determine which information is relevant (or accurate)

SO ... I created this one-of-a-kind, tiered SAR knowledge development system to address those unmet needs.  YOUR unmet needs.

I heard that I can fill in a lot of blanks with this course and its true. I still have to build up my field skills but Mike’s course really gave me a solid knowledge of what I need and also parts of SAR that I was not familiar with. All stuff I need to know.

"Rick"SAR Participant

Key benefits:

  • Self-paced. Learn at the time and place of your choosing. On any device (laptop, tablet or mobile).
  • Micro-lessons.  Each lesson delivers efficient, relevant content designed to be consumed in less than 20 minutes. Studies have shown that this pace of learning maximizes our learning and retention of the material.
  • Printable, downloadable (and frame-able!) Certificate of Completion. Backed by the reputation and experience of Mike McKenna and TEAM Solutions.
  • Head-start. All SAR responders are required to know the information delivered in this course. Traditionally, we had to drive to a central location for a boring Powerpoint lecture, check out books from the library and/or wade through thousands of dubious web pages for this information. Some folks still do that. Participants that successfully complete this course however will be light years ahead of those that take the long road to building their base of SAR knowledge. And the more efficient you are in absorbing this required base knowledge, the faster you will be qualified to participate on a real search for real lost and missing people … which is the entire point, right?

So that others may live ... take control of your Search & Rescue plans and enroll NOW in the one (1) course you need to get a head start.  Click below to get started! 

Enroll Now!

About the Author

Mike McKenna is the founder and president of TEAM Solutions. He helps public and private sector responders successfully lead themselves and others through any planned event or unplanned crisis.

Please contact Mike via the Contact page or at any of the social media links with your unanswered questions and your unmet needs.

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