2022 South Central Regional Training

Friday, January 21, 2022 6:00 PM -
 Saturday, January 29, 2022 12:00 PM (Central Time) 

Leaning Bluff Lodge (Barefoot Camp and RV Park)
p.o. Box 49
Bend, Texas 76824
 United States

Tonya Ward and Naomi Orndorff
E-mail: [email protected]

 Phone: Tonya- 512-785-6942 

Cost of the Seminar is $585.00 for NSS members to attend Level 1 or Level 2


November 9 at 08:00 (Standard Texas Time)

Pre-registration will reserve your seat and save your payment information. Your Credit/Debit Card will not be charged until we are sure the event will not get canceled (approximately 30-days before the seminar). 

About the Seminar

This seminar consists of extensive classroom and fieldwork in all phases of cave rescue including underground environment, vertical rescue, hauling systems, extrication techniques, medical management, communication systems, and the organization and management of cave rescue operations.  Basic and advanced course material is presented for students who typically include cavers, emergency service personnel, and emergency managers.

The Level 1 and Level 2 courses provide approximately 80 hours of instruction over eight days.  The classes are physically strenuous and participants must be in good physical health.  Students should be prepared to work in difficult situations, both above and below ground.  Each student must demonstrate his or her ability to ascend (on rope) 30 meters, change over, rappel part way down, tie off a descender, correct a jammed descender, and then rappel safely to the ground as part of initial check-in skills.

Courses Offered

LEVEL 1 teaches current cave rescue and emergency management techniques, providing instruction in caving, basic rope work, litter rigging and transport, and incident command systems.  It is specifically designed to meet the various needs of agency personnel with little or no cave related experience, and Cavers with little or no rescue or medical experience.  Level 1 prepares the student to function as a cave rescue team member.  The Level 1 class is limited to 30 students.

LEVEL 2 prepares student to function as cave rescue team leaders. Participants in Level 2 must have successfully completed a NCRC Level 1 course within the past four years.  The Level 2 curriculum assumes that students have learned, retained, and practiced the skills taught in Level 1.   Students are taught more advanced techniques in medical management, vertical and horizontal rescue, team leadership, and incident management.  The Level 2 class is limited to 15 students.

VERTICAL SYSTEM WORKSHOP (Optional): This is your opportunity to practice personal single rope technique (SRT) skills prior to entry testing, and to prepare yourself for a more productive NCRC experience. Build and adjust a safe functional climbing system, fit and fine-tune your existing system, work on ascending techniques, and practice changeovers. This optional session is open to all registered students. It will be held the evening of Friday Jan 21st from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Any student not absolutely confident in their personal SRT skills should plan to participate in this workshop.

COVID information:

The following measures will be taken:

- 30-days prior to the event the event leadership will make a final go/no-go decision. 

- All attendees (students and staff) will be required to take a COVID Rapid Test upon arrival at the seminar. 

- Vaccines are encouraged but will not be mandatory.

- Sanitation stations will be made readily available with suggestions for how to maintain good hygiene in a large group.

-Due to the nature of the training environment and the close quarters that the event site will necessitate, social distancing will be near impossible to maintain. We will not be requiring masks but will support anyone who chooses to wear a mask. 

- Each individual will need to consider their own personal health risks and situation. If any of the above measures do not fit with your circumstances, please do not sign up and we hope to train with you in the future when conditions change.  

Level 1 and Level 2 registration will open November 9 at 08:00

  • You must continuously maintain your NSS membership to retain any certifications.

  • You must continuously maintain your NSS membership to retain any certifications.

  • This is only for instructors and staff

  • This selection is reserved for those who have been granted a scholarship and have been directed to register. You will need a Coupon to register.

  • I acknowledge I will be evaluated on my ability to perform personal vertical skills included in the preparation material found on the NCRC website.

  • There is ample room for tent or car camping. This is included in your registration fee.

  • We strongly discourage staying off-site. Activities will go well into the evening (10PM) and staying on-site is recommended.

  • There are two bunk rooms with 8 bunks (4 top, 4 bottom) in each room. Each bunk room had a bathroom and shower that will be shared with the other 8 roommates.

    These are first come first serve.

    You will need to bring your own linens/bedding.

  • RV slots with 30A power. Water will NOT be available. A single Sewer dump is available at the campground.

  • I will eat anything, including the kitchen sink......

  • We will do our best too accommodate. Please provide details of your restrictions below.

  • Must have NSS Membership to receive "Certification". If not an NSS member, you will be charged a $100 non-NSS Member fee and we will register you for an NSS membership.

    Or join the NSS for $40 at:




    ****Level 1 Students Get one of these with registration as part of your registration fees****

    $40.00 ea.


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