Bastion Specialist Training

The 9-months Bastion Specialist Training Phase is the last yet most important training component of the 12-months Bastion Risk Solution Operative Training Course. The 9-months Bastion Specialist Training Phase starts directly after your successful completion of the “Vasbyt” section of the 15 Week Basic Training.

The Bastion Specialist Training Phase is based on the Special Forces’ training standards and comprises of the following critical outcomes:

  • Deployment Drills
  • Basic Equestrian Training
  • Offensive Driving Orientation
  • Basic Intelligence
  • Basic Investigation
  • Tactical Rural Security
  • Water Orientation
  • Air Orientation
  • African Bushcraft & Combat Survival
  • Tactical Urban Security
  • VIP Protection
  • Qualification Parade

Specialised Training FAQ

Enrolment Requirements

As explained, all students who want to attend the 9-months Bastion Specialist Training Phase must pass the Bastion “Vasbyt” prior to acceptance.

Aim of the 9-Months Bastion Specialist Training Phase

The aim of the 9-months Bastion Specialist Training Phase is to up-train all students who successfully completed the 3-months Bastion Basic Training Phase to become and to be deployed as Risk Solutions Operatives.

Main Focus of the 9-Months Bastion Specialist Training Phase

The main focus shifts at the start of the 9-months Bastion Specialist Training Phase from shaping students as during the Bastion Basic Training Phase, to teaching specialised security techniques to the Bastion Senior Students.

9-Months Bastion Specialist Training Phase Curriculum

The curriculum for the 9-months Bastion Specialist Training Phase entails the following:

  • Basic Equestrian Course
  • Tactical Urban Security Course
  • Deployment Procedures
  • VIP Protection Course
  • Air Orientation Course
  • African Bushcraft and Combat Survival
  • Tactical Rural Security Course
  • Offensive Driving Orientation Course
  • Basic Investigation Course
  • Water Orientation Course
  • Basic Intelligence Course
  • Operational Readiness Exercise
Basic Equestrian Course Curriculum
During the Basic Equestrian Course, you will learn the following subjects:
  • Horse Behaviour
  • Transportation of Horses
  • Stable Management
  • Riding and Riding School Etiquette
  • Maintenance
  • Lunging
  • Basic Ferriership
  • Basic Jumping
  • Basic Medical Aspects
  • Drill and Discipline
  • Tack and Equipment
  • Physical Training (PT)
Deployment Procedures Course Curriculum
The Deployment Procedures Course is the first course presented directly after coming back fromVasbyt” Leave. The Deployment Procedures Course curriculum comprises of the following subjects:
  • Ranks and Structures
  • Map Reading (Revision)
  • Deployment Drills
  • Advanced Fieldcraft (Revision)
  • Section Battle Drills
  • Drill and Discipline
  • Recognition of Terrorist Weapons
  • Physical Training (PT)
Basic Investigation Course Curriculum
The Basic Investigation Course teaches senior students how to lay the foundation for a proper investigation, based on proven principles. The course content covers the following subjects:
  • Legal Aspects
  • Investigation Process
  • Statement Writing
  • Docket Compilation
Air Orientation Curriculum
During the Air Orientation Course, you will learn specialised airborne and rope-related insertion and deployment techniques including:
  • High-Angle Rescue
  • Fast Roping
  • Cooperation With Helicopters
  • Rappelling and Alternative Extraction
  • Cooperation With Fixed-Wing Aircraft
  • Drill and Discipline
  • Theory of Air Supply
  • Physical Training (PT)
  • Parachuting
Water Orientation Curriculum
Our Bastion Water Orientation Course teaches our senior students specialised waterborne techniques you will need for conducting maritime security operations in ultra-high-risk countries. The subjects you will learn are:
  • Basic Combat Surface Swimming
  • Open Water Scuba Diving
  • River Orientation
  • 16-Nautical Miles Skippers Ticket
  • Maritime Orientation
  • Tactical Rubber ducking
  • Tactical Kayaking
  • Basic Sailing Orientation
  • Basic Safety At Sea (STCW)
  • Ship Security Officer’s Course (SSO)
  • Seamanship
  • Maritime Survival
  • Basic Lifeguarding and Sea Rescue
  • Maritime Communication
  • Drill and Discipline
  • Physical Training (PT)
African Bushcraft and Combat Survival Course Curriculum
The African Bushcraft and Combat Survival Course is a 3-week course, based on the South African Special Forces standard, during which you will learn the following as a senior student:
  • African Combat Survival Skills
  • Combat Tracking
  • Animals
  • Anti-Tracking
  • Plants
  • Physical Training (PT)
Tactical Rural Security Curriculum

The Tactical Rural Security Course incorporates all your recently acquired Bastion skills and teaches you how all the intricacies of operations in remote areas, counter-poaching and high-risk convoy protection. The curriculum for the Tactical Rural Security Course entails the following:

  • Packing and Carrying Equipment
  • Road Movement and Vehicle Escorts
  • Legal Aspects
  • Counter-Poaching
  • Rural Deployment Drills
  • Infiltration and Exfiltration
  • Patrols, RV’s and Temporary Bases
  • Tactical Observation and Surveillance
  • Improvised Defensive Techniques
  • Basic Operational Photography
  • Combat Drills and Techniques
  • Breakout of Enemy Encirclement
  • Ambushing Criminals and Poachers
  • Escape and Evasion
  • Rural Vehicle Operations
  • Resistance To Interrogation
Basic Intelligence Course Curriculum
The Basic Intelligence Course teaches senior students all the requirements for efficient crime intelligence collection by overt and covert means. When attending this course, you will learn to:
  • Surveillance
  • Dead Letter Boxes
  • Surveillance Counter Measures
  • Basic Operational Photography
  • Safehouses
  • Urban Concealment
  • Solicitation
  • Physical Training (PT)
Offensive and High-Speed Driving Orientation Curriculum
This is an internal course and builds on the basics of advanced driving you’ve acquired during the Bastion Basic Training Course. As a senior student, you will learn the following skills:
  • 90° High-Speed Turns
  • Emergency Stops
  • 180° High-Speed Turns
  • Emergency Drills
  • Drift
  • Physical Training (PT)
Tactical Urban Security Curriculum
As a Bastion Risk Solutions Operative, chances are that you will be deployed in a high-risk urban environment, hence the importance of learning the following skills based on the South African Special Forces techniques:
  • Packing and Carrying of Equipment
  • Vehicle Drills
  • Legal Aspects
  • Urban Observation
  • The Tactical Urban Environment
  • Theory of Hostage Release
  • The Urban Role-Players
  • Tactical Movement Inside Buildings
  • Urban Deployment Drills
  • Drill and Discipline
  • Urban Operations
  • Physical Training (PT)
External Training Certificates and Qualifications
Upon successful completion of our 9-months Bastion Specialist Training, you will receive the following certificates:
  • Basic Equestrian Course
  • Bastion Tactical Rural Security Course
  • Bastion Air Orientation Course
  • Basic Intelligence Course
  • Basic Sailing Course
  • Bastion Tactical Urban Security Course
  • Bastion Water Orientation Course
  • Bastion Executive Protection
Bastion Certificates
Upon successful completion of our 9-months Bastion Specialist Training, you will receive the following Bastion certificates:
  • High-Angle Rescue I (UJ)
  • Medical First Aid (SAMSA)
  • Basic Parachuting (PASA)
  • Personal Survival Techniques (SAMSA)
  • Open Water Scuba Diving (PADI/NAUI)
  • Personal Safety/Responsibility (SAMSA)
  • STCW (SAMSA)
  • 16 NM Skippers Ticket (SAMSA)
  • Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting (SAMSA)
  • Offensive & High-Speed Driving
  • Ship Security Officer (SAMSA)
  • Basic Investigations (SASSETA)