Meetings and trainings

BAMRU monthly General Meetings are where members discuss recent and future Unit activities, including trainings and missions. General Meetings are open to the public, generally on the third Monday of every month. [See calendar for dates]. We share our expertise and learn from our experiences. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend as many meetings as possible to get to know us and vice versa.

BAMRU also has monthly trainings throughout the year to reinforce member skills and train our first-year cohort. All trainings are led and taught by Unit members. Some trainings are open to guests under specific conditions - please see the guest policy. BAMRU-only trainings advance core competencies. See below for upcoming meetings and trainings and hover over trainings for more information. Asterisks * mark the core program for first-year trainees.

Guest Policy


Permission to participate in a BAMRU training is at the sole discretion of BAMRU. 'G' marks training events that are open to Guests. Selected BAMRU trainings are open to guests provided the guest has:
(1) attended the general meeting preceding the training,
(2) completed Sheriff's Office waiver form and been sworn in by a designated Sheriff's official, and
(3) been approved by that training leader.

Some of the trainings have limited space for guests. All events and schedules are subject to change.

In the wake of COVID-19, please take special note to whether the events on the calendar below have been changed, postponed or cancelled.



2020 General Meetings


Unit Meeting, 455 County Center, Room 101, Redwood City, CA 94063 Jan 13
Unit Meeting, Nike Classroom, 17930 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546 Feb 10
Unit Meeting, Virtual Meeting, for invitation, email recruiting@bamru.org Mar 16
Unit Meeting, Virtual Meeting, for invitation, email recruiting@bamru.org Apr 6
Unit Meeting, Virtual Meeting, for invitation, email recruiting@bamru.org May 18
Unit Meeting, Nike Classroom, 17930 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546 Jun 8
Unit Meeting, 455 County Center, Room 101, Redwood City, CA 94063 Jul 20
Unit Meeting, Nike Classroom, 17930 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546 Aug 17
Unit Meeting, 455 County Center, Room 101, Redwood City, CA 94063 Sep 21
Unit Meeting, Nike Classroom, 17930 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546 Oct 5
Unit Meeting, 455 County Center, Room 101, Redwood City, CA 94063 Nov 9

2020 Trainings


Tracking, Nike Classroom, 17930 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546 Jan 11
Snow Camping * G, Carson Pass Jan 25
MRA Recert Training, Memorial Park, Huckleberry Flat Feb 1
Tracking Practice, Nike Classroom, 17930 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546 Feb 10
NorCal MRA recert training, Marin Headlands Feb 15
Guest Mock Search G, TBD Feb 22
MRA Search and Tracking Reaccreditation, Camp Ronald McDonald, Mountain Center, 92561 Hosted by Riverside
Mar 7
Snow Skills *, Postponed Mar 21
Snow Skills - Backup Weekend, Postponed Hold this weekend in case the previous weekend is canceled due to weather.
Mar 28
SAR Basic * G, Postponed Intensive weekend training to orient prospective members on the basic skills required to operate effectively in search and rescue operations. Intended for people with no prior SAR experience. Attendance at SAR Basic is one of the requirements for application to become a Trainee member. Training open to guests, pending Leader approval.
Apr 18
MLPI part 1 (Managing the Lost Person Incident), Postponed Apr 25
MLPI part 2 (Managing the Lost Person Incident), Postponed May 2
Prospective Trainee Interviews, Postponed By invitation only
May 2
Intro to BAMRU *, Postponed May 12
Navigation Classroom *, Postponed May 13
Navigation *, Postponed Navigation training and signoffs, concentrating on map and compass, gps and caltopo usage. Focusing on becoming an effective nav lead during operations. Prerequisite include ability to read topo maps and relate terrain features to topo maps.
May 16
Gear and On-road Truck *, Postponed An introduction to our extensive gear collection and where everything is stored in the trucks. Learn how to set up a mobile command post.
May 17
PRS Instructors Skills Night, TBD Jun 3
Purcell Prusik Skills Night *, TBD Jun 3
Personal Rock Skills (PRS) *, TBD This two day course covers general rock skills skill stations, scenarios, and discussion of their application within the SAR community. Topics include anchors (trad gear and natural protection), belaying, rappelling, basic self-rescue, jugging/ascending, and personal emergency evac equipment with scenarios. Focus will be on both theory and practice. Personal rock skills is a prerequisite for Basic Technical Training.
Jun 13
Medical * G, TBD Medical Skills Training is all about putting our skills and knowledge to use. BAMRU has an exciting medical skills training planned this year. Some highlights include guest lecture by Stanford's Wilderness Medicine Fellow, Skill labs with lots of hands on practice, and the BAMRU Medical Olympics where groups compete at a diverse set of wilderness scenarios. Training open to guests, pending Leader approval.
Jul 25
DO Skills *, Redwood City We will cover the theory of being Duty Officer (what needs to be done during any DO shift, DO-ing during a training, what needs to be done in the ramp up for a search, etc), and the practice of DO-ing (how do we accomplish all of these things with the tools we have, like bamru.net). For new and experienced DOs alike!
Jul 29
AHC Skills *, Redwood City The second half of the DO/AHC skills night series. This teaches you how to be an At-Home Coordinator of an operation.
Aug 12
Joint Training w/ Marin, TBD Aug 22
Low Angle *, TBD We will focus on single line rescue systems as an introduction to the larger world of technical rescue. Personal Rock Skills is required to attend this training.
Aug 23
SAREX 2020, Napa Valley Sep 11
Low Angle Skills Night *, TBD A skills night to get people comfortable running half a TTRS system in preparation for Basic Tech. Everyone will get a chance to run the system. Simple knot passes may/may not be included depending on time.
Sep 16
Basic Tech *, TBD Basic Technical Rescue is two full days, covering the basics of our standard two-line TTRS high-angle rescue system. Participants must have completed Personal Rock Skills and Low Angle.
Sep 26
Advanced Tech, TBD This three day course covers advanced topics in building and operating technical rescue systems. High-angle rescue systems with greater exposure, such as guiding lines and high redirects will be taught and practiced. To attend, you must have completed all your FM signoffs for technical rope.
Oct 16
Operations Leader (OL) Training, Redwood City Participation by invitation only. For Field and Technical Members.
Oct 24
Tracking * G, TBD The tracking training will cover primarily basic topics in tracking - recognizing sign, preserving clues, the structure of a tracking team, and following sign. Guests are welcome at this training, pending leader approval.
Nov 14
Off-road Driving, TBD Nov 15
Makeup/Skills Weekend, TBD (Reserved Nike Classroom, 17930 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546) Dec 12