FAQs

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What time does class start and end?

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Except for Field Survival (and unless noted otherwise) all classes start at 0800 on the first day. Field Survival starts at 0530 on the first day. Students are required to BE ON TIME. Any student showing up late may be asked to forfeit the class. Our classes run on a very strict timeframe. If you have an emergency and are forced to be late, contact Patrick Rollins (256) 613-3834. Expect long days (8 hours +) for most classes with night evolutions for some classes. Please read the description of the class you are attending for more information. Our classes run regardless of the weather unless it is a life threatening situation (such as tornado warnings, severe lightning and other immediate dangers).

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What are the physical fitness requirements?

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This is class specific but average physical fitness level applies to almost all of our classes. Field Survival and Jungle Survival are the most physically demanding due to the misery factor associated with the courses. Land Nav, Tracking, Intro to SAR and Bushcraft are the least physically demanding. Expect sleep deprivation, little food and physical exertion in Field Survival. We suggest training for Field Survival by doing push-ups, sit-ups and running.

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What are the age requirements?

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You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in any class except the Parent/Child class. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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How do I get to the training site?

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From Interstate 59 take Exit 181 (Highway 77). Go north on Highway 77. You will cross the first set of railroad tracks and then cross over Highway 11. Continue North on Highway 77. After you cross the next set of railroad tracks, the Gallant Road will turn left between two gas stations. Turn on to the Gallant Road and go 5 miles. Look for Randall Road on your right. Turn on to Randall Road and go PAST the first white house on your right. Turn right directly after the white house (DO NOT turn into the drive BEFORE the white house). If you made the correct turn then you should see an opened gate with a PRIVATE PROPERTY sign on the gate post. Come through that gate and go up the hill until you see a white house on the right. GO SLOW GOING UP THIS DRIVE!!! You are at the farm. Continue past the white house and follow the signs to the training area. For those who wish to use their GPS, the address is 100 Randall Road – Gallant, AL 35972, UTM: 16S 0574760 Easting, 3763950 Northing, NAD27 Datum.

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What type of food should I bring?

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Students are responsible for all meals with the exception of the Field Survival Class. We suggest meals that are easy to prepare in the field and on the go, since we rarely take lunch breaks.

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What gear do I need to bring?

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This is class specific so please check the description on each class for this information.

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Can I camp on site?

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Primitive camping is available on the training site at no charge for all classes. Fresh potable water and firewood are provided. Students should arrive no sooner than 5:00 pm the afternoon before the class. All classes take place on private property and should be respected as such. No alcohol consumption is allowed on the premises. All firearms should remain locked in your vehicle unless you are attending a shooting class. Be sure to drive slowly once you turn onto the gravel road. This is a working farm with people moving about. Anyone speeding on the property will be escorted off the property!

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Where are the nearest hotels?

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For those not camping on the farm there is a Holiday Inn Express (256) 691-0225, a Comfort Inn (256) 538-5770 and other hotels located at Exit 181 off of Interstate 59. These hotels are approximately 15 minutes driving distance from the training site. Google map of nearest locations.

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Will I get a record of my training?

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For technical classes such as Single Ropes Techniques, Rope Rescue, Land Navigation and Advanced SAR, we maintain JPRs (Job Performance Requirements). JPRs include Requisite Knowledge (what we are teaching you) and Requisite Skills (what you are required to demonstrate after being taught). Upon request we can email copies to you after the class. See a sample of one of our JPRs here. At the end of the class you will receive a certificate of training suitable for framing.

Please note: Be careful of any company offering “certification” by simply enrolling and passing their class. Depending on circumstances it may not certify you with your AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction). For many “certifications,” a course has to be recognized as meeting specific standards and have third party validation (by someone other than the organization/person who trained you) before you will be certified by your AHJ. Please see this document describing standards and certifications.

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Is photography allowed?

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As long as you have permission from your fellow students, personal use photography and videography are allowed on all classes except for Field Survival. We do not allow commercial photography.

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What are your payment methods?

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We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards. All customer information is encrypted and transmitted via SSL. All credit card transactions are performed through paypal.com. We do not store any payment information locally.

If you do not have a credit card, you can send a check to: TransEquatorial Solutions, Inc Training Division – P.O. Box 99 – Gallant, AL 35972. If you decide to pay by check, please Email us with information on the class you are paying for and be sure to mark it on your check.

No class is guaranteed until payment is received. Payment is non-refundable unless we cancel the class. Space is very limited.

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Will I be able to purchase ESEE products while I am at the class?

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While we do appreciate your business, we keep the training side separate in order to bring you the best reality based, real world training out there. To find a list of dealers for ESEE products, click here.

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Does RAT offer private training?

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Yes, we do offer private instruction for groups and/or teams provided it does not interfere with our regular class schedule. Please check our calendar for available dates. For more information email Patrick Rollins or call (256) 613-3834.

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Is RAT registered in SAM?

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Yes, we are registered in the federal contractor registry under Transequatorial Solutions, Inc. Our CAGE Code is 659K9.

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How do I become a dealer for RAT outdoor and survival products?

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If you are interested in stocking any of our Dealer Only items, please contact info@eseeknives.com or call the ESEE office (256) 613-0372. We require a business license and completed dealer application form from all new dealers.

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Who do I contact for with any questions not covered in the FAQs?

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Our lead instructor, Patrick Rollins. He can be contacted by phone (256) 613-3834 or by email: info@randallsadventure.com