First of all, the chances of you being kidnapped or taken hostage are quite small. If it does happen, your chances of survival are very high. The act of kidnapping is a terrifying experience, but you will come to realize that you possess more personal resources than you might think to cope with the situation. It is important to remember that you are of value to those who are holding you only if you are alive, and they want to keep you that way.

Although each hostage case is different, they typically follow the same phases; surveillance, capture, holding, release, and a post release phase. This course is designed to increase your chances of preventing being taken hostage, and increase the chances of survival should you be taken.


Introduction to Hostage Survival


The first module in this series will focus on how to prepare yourself for a hostage case, the five phases of a hostage case, how to deploy techniques to improve your survival chance if taken hostage and what measures should be taken after release from captivity.



This module will explore the definition of surveillance, why the surveillance stage is important to you, where you are vulnerable for surveillance, what measures should be taken to detect surveillance and what to do if you detect surveillance.



This module will look at the positive effect of preparation and training, where the highest likelihood for abduction is, what to do during the transportation phase and the most common psychological effects of captivity.



This module will cover a range of specific hostage survival techniques, the importance of bonding, ways to improve morale and mental health while in captivity and what is meant by the phrase “Stockholm Syndrome”.



This module will explore why a rescue is very dangerous, what a ’Proof of Life’ question is, why most hostages do not try to escape and the four ways of being freed.



This module will look at why the release is not the end of the ordeal, the difference between what the former hostage wants to do and must do, challenges in reintegrating into your former life and why both medical and psychological treatment may be needed after release.

Surviving a Hijacking


This module will explain what the terms “Hijacking” and “Skyjacking” mean, some major historical hijacking events, ways to reduce risks before flying, the risk of taking action against hijackers and how to behave while waiting to be set free.

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