Urban Escape & Evasion
While on an international business trip, you are kidnapped and held for ransom. Or, a terrorist attack closes the business district of your city and you find yourself in a dangerous, chaotic fix. How do you stay alive? How do you get to safety on your own?
This class provides leading-edge skills to civilians who live or work in challenging urban environments or who may find themselves in a destabilizing urban area during a crisis. Topics covered include covert movement (day vs. night), the judicious use of caches, understanding urban baseline movement and urban awareness training, the use of disguises and false papers/identification, lock picking, escaping from unlawful custody, obtaining and driving local transportation, the use of "specialized" urban gear, and instruction on how to develop urban escape and evasion go-bags. A one day urban escape scenario is held the final day of class. Training will be held as follows:
Please be advised that upon entering the training facility, you will be entering a "safe-house in a foreign country", and the enemy will have surveilance in operation at all times. Training will begin Thursday morning in the hotel's conference room, and run until 6:00 pm that evening. You will be assigned tasks which will require additional time (usually a couple of hours) into the evening after class to hone your new skills.
Friday's schedule will be the same: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, with additional exercises out in the city well into the late evening hours. Keeping an attitude that you are in dangerous, hostile territory all the time you're in the training city will make the training that much more effective.
Saturday's exercise will begin at 8:30 am and involve putting your new skills and mindsets to the test in a real-life scenario lasting most of the day until around 5:00 pm. You will be "kidnapped": hooded, cuffed and taken somewhere dark and uncomfortable to start your day. You will be expected to escape, find your own transportation legally using your social engineering skills, and make your way to the first cache location, where directions for a series of tasks using all your new skills await.
Meanwhile, expert trackers will be hunting you down, and if they catch you, you will have to start again from a more distant location.
Discussion and debriefing will be held after the formal exercise, so any flights out Saturday night should be scheduled no earlier than 8:00 pm.
Be advised, therefore, that this training is extremely demanding physically, emotionally and intellectually. You can plan on walking around the city at least ten miles, perhaps fifteen, by the end of the course. You will also experience a high degree of stress that you will be expected to manage successfully. In addition to hands-on skills learned in class, there will be long hours of absorbing as much lectured subject matter as possible. Some of which may be disturbing in content, as self defense and self preservation are the core topics covered in this course.
In essence, you will be learning how to save your own life and others' lives in an urban environment. We hope you become an expert in, but will never have to implement these skills!
Equipment needed is minimal. You should wear casual clothing that will not draw undue attention in this particular city. Camouflage clothing is probably going to draw unwanted attention, so that should be avoided. Rain gear should also be avoided as most people use only an umbrella on city sidewalks. The key, as we will learn, is to blend in with your urban surroundings to the extent that you can easily hide in plain sight.
Also, bring a notebook & pen or laptop for note taking.
You may wish to bring extra funds in order to purchase some gear available at the class such as lock pick sets and auto jigglers. But no purchase of gear is necessary to participate and learn the skills taught in class.
You are responsible for making your own accommodation arrangements. Of course, you're also welcome to stay at any local hotel or family/friend's home. However, due to the very extended hours of the training, you may wish to stay within a half-hour's drive of the "safe house".
You are responsible for your own meals, and you are free to bring food to the "safe house" yourself or to eat at local establishments.
We are looking forward to have you join us and await your arrival at the training "safe house"!
Advanced Urban Escape & Evasion
This course will add new skills to the Urban Escape & Evasion graduate, but will primarily focus on field applications. Students will learn some specialized escape and lockpicking skills. Students will spend time in the city in an extensive (extended) escape and evasion stimulation. Students will be required to obtain food, water and shelter and remain overnight in the city. They will need to avoid capture and they will be required to complete several tests or scenarios that will require advanced students to truly apply their Scout and urban survival skills.
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