Golden Seal Enterprises

GSE Core Course

GSE Crisis Awareness &
Survival Techniques (CAST)

GSE Crisis Awareness & Survival Techniques (CAST)

The GSE Crisis Awareness and Survival Techniques (CAST) course is an 18 hour course designed to provide classroom and practical training on preparation, awareness and response to critical incident events in a variety of settings.  The subjects covered provide the student with the skills to identify, assess, and respond in a hostile environment where first responders are not readily available to assist. 

Day 2 of the course provides a comprehensive Surveillance Detection practical exercise and Introductory Emergency Medical Training which provides the student with the skills to identify, assess, and effectively treat possible injuries in a hostile environment, such as an active shooter scenario.

This course is appropriate for public service workers, teachers and school administrators, and concerned citizens.  

Eligibility Requirments

  • Must be 18 years of age unless accompanied by a legal guardian.
  • Must be United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Topics Covered in this Course

  • Safe areas & Exits
  • Emergent Problem Solving
  • Emergency Supply Considerations
  • Mental Preparation & Mindset
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Escape Techniques
  • Stress Effects on Decision Making
  • Stress Effects on Motor Skills
  • Surveillance Detection
  • Intro to Emergency Medicine
  • Wounds Typical of a Hostile Environment
  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care (T-CCC)
  • Surviving a Critical Incident

Course Type: GSE Core

Course Cost: $225*

Course Duration: 18 hours (2 days)

*There is a 4% surcharge applied to credit card payments.

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Course Information

The course will be conducted at 230 Aviation Drive in Winchester, VA 2206.

Class begins at 8am on the day scheduled*. The door will be closed at 8:15am. It is recommended that students arrive 15 minutes early.

Lunch breaks are scheduled daily. You may bring a lunch and use GSE’s refrigerator, microwave, and break room or you may go out for lunch. Intermittent breaks are given as scheduled by the instructor.

*Refer to your registration form for specific dates.

  • Photo ID.
  • Note taking materials.
  • Laptop if you prefer to take notes electronically.
  • Instructors.
  • Classroom.
  • Training equipment.
  • Certificate of completion.

Course attire should be presentable and appropriate to the type of course you are taking. Logos/Designs should be non-offensive and neutral in nature.

Course payment is due the day of your course. You may pay with cash, check, or any major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover).

Please be advised that there is a 4% surcharge applied to credit card payments.  

No weapons are authorized to be carried during this course. If you are a sworn law enforcement officer bound by general order to carry off-duty, please identify yourself to the lead instructor upon entering the building.

If inclement weather is expected on the day of training, GSE will decide to cancel/delay class start time no later than 6am the morning of the training. For students outside the area, please pay attention to the forecast in Frederick County as it often differs from areas east of the Shenandoah Valley.

This will be an educational experience and a great time for everyone involved. If you have any further questions, please contact us. Thank you and we look forward to training with you.

Karl Dear
Director of Training
Golden Seal Enterprises, Inc.
VA DCJS Training School #88-1476

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