usaflag arrow down      Activate Now


The latest news, events and community

Stay Prepared and Prosper!

june11_prepareBefore you head out on that long, much needed adventure vacation, prepare yourself with skills and proper equipment. We’ve come up with a few friendly reminders to get you started.

General Preparedness Tips:

Expect the unexpected. Here are some basic things to do before each adventure:

  • Do your research before you go.
  • Sharpen your skills. First Aid, Wilderness Response, CPR… A little investment goes a long way.
  • Select the proper equipment for your adventure.

Recommended SPOT User Tips:

Here at SPOT, we’re all about safety and we care about our customers. Here are some recommended tips on how you can be prepared, stay safe and get the most out of using SPOT:

  • Educate Yourself: Make sure you’ve read your SPOT user manual.
  • Update Your User Profile: Fill out your profile with as much information and update your info before each trip. Doing so could greatly assist rescuers in a 911/SOS emergency.
  • Educate Others: Make sure your personal contacts know they’ll be receiving SPOT messages and how they should respond.
  • Practice: Test your casual SPOT message functions before you head out.
  • Pack Light but Pack Smart: Pack an extra set of batteries.
  • Have questions? Visit SPOT FAQs!

Check out more helpful tips from SPOT at

Featured Rescue

Death Valley Rescue: SPOT Was There When No One Else Was

Rescue Profile: Tom
Case #: 13665


Tom Madlem had been riding motorcycles for 50 years. Death Valley was one trip he had never taken before though. He and a friend had planned to take 2 weeks off and make the ride. However, the first part of the trip was going to force Madlem to commit the “cardinal sin” - biking alone.

This meant he would be riding alone through the desert for two days before meeting up with his friend. After his wife and son begged him not to go by himself, he was then convinced to purchase his SPOT GEN3™ for the trip so his family would have peace of mind. He made it the first day just fine alone. Tuesday morning, he had not ridden 10 miles when he took a hard fall on his bike.


Read More