This class will be taught on June 9 & 10, 2021, immediately before the main conference.

Explore the ancient skill of visually tracking humans (aka man-tracking). “Tracking is the complex application of simplicities”. This course teaches the basic sciences of tracking skills. Rob Speiden will teach you, through classroom presentations and hands-on field exercises, the principles of Detecting, Interpreting, Recording and Trailing sign of the passage of humans, be they lost, missing or evasive.

Topics and skills covered include:

  • Using tools to identify and record track evidence of a particular individual
  • Learning to see difficult tracks and sign in a wide variety of ground covers
  • Understanding the sciences of aging tracks and sign

The majority of class time is spent outside putting to use the concepts you learn in professionally present-ed classroom sessions. We will have a good time while exploring and practicing track preservation, situational awareness, trailing a person, and night tracking.


Cost:$275Instructor:Rob Speiden

Class includes Foundations for Awareness, Signcutting and Tracking (F.A.S.T.) text book and lunch both days.


Rob Speiden is an active member of the Search and Rescue (SAR) community, and has been since 1993. He holds a NASAR SARTech I certification, is a Virginia Search and Rescue Tracking Specialist, Search Team Leader, and Search Mission Coordinator. Rob, with Tracking Instructor Greg Fuller, authored Foundations for Awareness, Signcutting and Tracking (F.A.S.T.). F.A.S.T. is used as the reference and textbook for the Commonwealth of Virignia Department of Emergency Management Search and Rescue Tracking program and it has sold well over 1500 copies worldwide.

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