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SURVIVOR ATTITUDE   Leave a comment

odjegba-okene“His ability to keep calm kept him from burning through his limited oxygen supply. It was literally all about attitude. The gentlemen stated that he constantly recited a Psalm given to him by his wife to stay calm. Human beings have an incredible ability to control their mental and physical state when properly motivated. Singing songs and reciting memorized poems or bible verses can significantly alter our mindset in a very mechanical way. You can sort of ‘Fake it until you make it’ if you know what to do.” Read this amazing story of a Nigerian man who intentionally used his attitude to limit his oxygen consumption and survive three days in a sunken boat. You can read the full SOFREP article HERE. You can also watch video footage of the rescue in the following video:

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MARINE CORPS EMERGENCY EGRESS TRAINING VIDEO   Leave a comment

Cool video on emergency egress (exiting a vehicle) training! Practice makes the incredible possible, including exiting a sunken helicopter in full gear with blacked out goggles on. Never underestimate the power of practice, or yourself!

USAF SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES “MODULAR EGRESS TRAINING SIMULATOR”   Leave a comment

USAF Special Operations Command released footage of the Modular Egress Training Simulator (a.k.a. “The Dunker”) today. The simulator recreates in a controlled environment the types of challenges spec ops airmen will confront if their helicopter goes down in water. Like other versions of water survival and drownproofing, the key is to remain calm and reflexively put into action what lots of hours of training has ingrained in them. Check it out…hold your breath when the camera goes under the surface…and see what can be learned from this experience.

ROPE COIL & CARRY   Leave a comment

Knot tying is an important skill for everything from outdoor sports and spec ops to moving grandma’s mattress on the roof of your car. One of my personal goals is to revisit and improve my knot tying skills by reviewing the examples in Basic Seamanship, which you can also review HERE. ITS Tactical has been running a very good “Knot of the Week” series for a couple of years and this week’s feature covers how to coil and carry rope for climbing or rappelling.

NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE WATER RESCUE TRAINING   Leave a comment

The U.S. Navy Special Warfare Center released an informative video on how Special Warfare Combatant-craft (SWCC) crew members train for water rescue. They emphasize the Total Immersion swimming techniques developed by Terry Laughlin with John Delves. Their book is outstanding and I highly recommend it! The key with water rescue is always controlling yourself and remaining calm, so that you can take control of the victim and the situation. This video clip includes recommendations for persons preparing to apply for SWCC.

ENDURANCE-BUILDING TRAINING STRATEGIES   1 comment

Endurance is the ability to maintain work and physical exertion over extended periods of time. Endurance is a necessary capability for situations that are not resolvable in a finite episode or short period of time. In terms of physical fitness, endurance comes into play when, e.g.: long distances need to be run, swam and/or rowed; when physically engaging with an opponent multiple times or with multiple opponents, perhaps in the process of crossing long distances; or when an adverse physical, mental or environmental condition must be successfully met and overcome over an extended period of time. This last situation is a compelling reason why I advocate all-seasons outdoor training – it builds endurance. At the time that Dick Couch wrote The Warrior Elite the BUD/S candidates with the highest probability of passing BUD/S were coming from Minnesota. If you ask me, it’s because the weather here develops endurance in the people who live here in Minnesota. In my own training, I work on developing my endurance with multiuple training approaches: trail running, ruck running, interval sprinting and suspension training to name just a few. Recently Greatist author Laura Schwecherl wrote a very good summary article on strategies for developing endurance. She lists 7 strategies to consider that I wrote down as:

1. Rest Up
2. Eat Right
3. High Intensity Interval Training
4. Resistance Training
5. Favorite Music (Navy SEAL Stew Smith also recommended this.)
6. Train to Correct, Compensate or Cover Weaknesses & Vulnerabilities
7. Beet Juice (for real)

Take a look at the list and see if you’ve got your endurance training covered, or are there a couple of new strategies to consider for yourself. You can check out the full article HERE.

S.E.R.E. READING LIST   Leave a comment

My approach to tactical fitness training has four key components: physical fitness; land and riverine navigation; team leadership; and situational awareness. This is different from what you will encounter in many other tactical fitness programs which focus solely on physical training at the expense of developing mental fitness and leadership skills. My goal is to develop a trainee into a someone who can assume a leadership role in crisis situations, whether in the field or in the office. The physical dimension of training is matched with an equally important (if not more important) mental dimension of training. Being able-bodied is not enough! A leader must be able-minded in crisis situations, for her or himself, and especially when others are not and are counting on the leader for a survival or success strategy.

The United States Air Force’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape program recently publicized a reading list of the books most read and referred to by SERE Specialists. SERE Specialists train special operations teams on methods for surviving in a variety of wilderness environments with minimal (if any) equipment, how to evade capture, hot resist captors if taken prisoner, and how to escape captors. The mental challenge of these types of situations is off the scale. One Navy SEAL commented that BUD/S (SEAL training selection) was tough, but that there were experiences in SERE that he was glad he only had to get through once. All of this is to say that this reading list is HIGHLY VALUABLE INFORMATION, not only for anyone who aspires to a special operations career, but also to anyone who wants to cultivate the self-confidence, attitude and perspective required of a high performing team and its leader. Here is the list, I am placing two asterisks “**” next to the texts I have read and personally recommend! For more info, contact me, Tom Delaney (Tactical Fitness Trainer) at greatriverfitness@gmail.com!

SERE BOOK LIST
by RC DeLano

A. GENERAL

1. Be expert with Map & Compass, The Orienting Handbook** by Bjorn Kjellstrom. Joline Press, Any Edition.

2. Map Reading and Land Navigation, FM 21-26 (1987), FM 3-25.26, (2011)** by Headquarters Department of the Army.

3. The Basic Essentials of Map & Compass by Cliff Jacobson. ICS Books, Inc., 2007.

4. A Comprehensive Guide to Land Navigation on GPS by Noel J. Hotchkiss. Alexis Pub; 3rd edition, 1999

5. GPS Made Easy by Lawrence Letham. The Mountaineers Books, 2008.

6. AF Regulation 64-4, Vol 1, Search and Rescue Survival Tree by Department of the Air Force, 1985.

7. The SAS Survival Handbook** by John Wiseman. William Morrow Paperbacks, 2009.

8. Staying alive in the Arctic, A Cold weather Survival Manual by Frank Heyl. American Petroleum Institute. 1976.

9. How to stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier. Collier-Macmillan LTD, Any Edition

10. Fieldbook, Boy Scouts of America** by Boy Scouts of America. Older versions discuss more primitive skills.

11. Tom Brown’s Field Guides: Wilderness Survival; Edible and Medicinal Plants; Nature &ampSurvival for Children; Nature Observation & Tracking. By Tom Brown. Berkley Publishing Group

12. High Angle Rescue Techniques, A Student guide for Rope Rescue Classes by Tom Vines and Steve Hudson, Mosby-Year Book, Inc. 1992.

13. River Rescue by Les Bechdel and Slim Ray. Globe Pequot Press.

B. FLORA & FAUNA

1. Field Guide to Medicinal Plants by Bradford Angler. Stackpole Books, 1978.

2. Best-Tasting Wild Plants of Colorado and the Rockies by Bob Seebeck. Westcliffe Publishers, Inc., 1998.

3. Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rocky Mountains and Neighboring Territories by Terry Willard Ph.D. Wild Rose College of Natural Healing, Ltd., 1992.

4. Plants of the Southern Interior, British Columbia by Ray Coupe, Roberta Parish, Dennis Lloyd. Lone Pine Publishing, 1996.

5. Deer from Field to Freezer by John & Geri McPherson. Ag Press, 1995

6. Step-by-Step, Brain Tanning the Sioux Way by Larry Belitz. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, 1995.

7. Complete Guide to Game Animals by Leonard Lee Rue III. Grolier Book Clubs, Inc. 1981.

8. Catching More Freshwater Fish by Barney Rowe. Wellspring, 1993.

9. Tom Brown’s Field Guides, Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants: by Tom Brown. Berkley Publishing Group, 1983.

C. MEDICINE

1. Medicine for Mountaineering & Other Wilderness Activities by James A. Wilkerson, MD. The Mountaineers, 1992.

2. Wilderness Medicine, Management of Wilderness and Environmental Emergencies by Paul S. Auerbach, MD, MS, FACEP. Mosby-Year Book, Inc. 1995.

3. Hypothermia, Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries by James A. Wilkerson, MD. The Mountaineers, 1986.

4. The Outward Bound, Wilderness First-Aid Handbook by Jeffrey Isaac, PA-C. Lyons Press, 1998.

5. Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured by American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. 7th Edition, 1999.