By ADRIAN MILLER
IMAGINE cruising through the bush on your motorbike, weaving in and out of trees and accessing areas no one else can get to.
Now imagine you are searching for a lost or injured bushwalker and you'll have some sense of satisfaction and achievement members of the Australian Motorcycle Search and Rescue (AMSAR) organisation feel every time they are called out to a job.
AMSAR members are volunteers skilled in navigation and search and rescue who help organisations such as the police, SES and ambulance officers locate people lost in the bush.
Their great advantage is since they are skilled dirt bike riders they can access places no cars have a chance at getting to.
AMSAR has over 300 members nationwide and a small but growing membership in the Clarence Valley. And those local numbers are sure to grow after AMSAR holds a training exercise in the Yuraygir National Park between Halfway Creek and Brooms Head on November 25 and 26.
Local AMSAR member Scott Ryan said riding through the bush knowing you are offering vital help was an amazing feeling.
"It's a great experience riding through the bush," he said.
"AMSAR riders are highly motivated and dedicated to offering valuable assistance."
Mr Ryan said the upcoming exercise would be a great way for people to learn what AMSAR is about and receive valuable training and guidance. Anyone interested in attending the training exercise should visit www.amsar.org.au