Every year on the first full weekend of July, the Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad organises and runs the NSW Emergency Services Wilderness Navigation Shield or NavShield.
This year the Navshield will be held on 4-5 July, 2015.
This premier navigation event, attracts entries from local, interstate and overseas organisations, including:
- VRA, both regional and specialist squads
- Police including Police Rescue
- Ambulance and SCAT
- Rural Fire Service
- Other emergency services including rescue helicopters and medical teams
- Armed Forces
- Bushwalking Clubs
The event is acknowledged to be an important training event for the NSW emergency services. Entry is open to all groups that participate in search and rescue activities. Bushwalking Clubs and Members of Rogaining Associations are also welcome.
Participants test their bush and compass navigation abilities in an overnight event through 100 square kms of wilderness terrain a few hours drive from Sydney, Australia. They attempt to navigate to checkpoints throughout the course area on foot both by day and night. There is also an easier one-day event.
The event is an opportunity for the best navigation and rescue teams in the country to train in self-sufficiency in exciting, unfamiliar terrain.
For the rest of us, the event is an opportunity to build our navigation skills in a safe, friendly and multi-service environment.
This year will be the 27th Navshield!