Canada Border Services Agency

PARE description by sections

1. Obstacle Course - Foot Chase

The first section of PARE consists of an obstacle run which the participant negotiates six times. The course is laid out in the following manner:

5-ft mat jump
From the start marker, follow the arrow to the second marker, turn right and jump over the 5-foot mat. The participant is assigned a five second penalty each time s/he touches any part of the mat.

On landing, the participant turns left around the next marker and proceeds towards the stairs. The participant must run up and down the stairs, touching at least one step on the way up, the top platform, and one step on the way down. The participant then proceeds towards the next marker and runs back to the stairs going up and down again.

18-in hurdles
Upon landing, the participant then moves to the next marker, turns left, jumps over the 18-inch hurdles en route to the next marker. If the participant knocks over a hurdle, s/he is assigned a two-second penalty.

Vault jump
The participant then runs around the left side of the marker and turn
s right heading towards the start marker. Before reaching the start marker, the participant must vault over a 3-ft high railing. Participants must land in control on both feet on the opposite side of the vault, then fall on either their stomach (stomach, chest, hips on the ground) or back (both shoulder blades down on the ground), alternating front or back on each lap. After each controlled fall the participant must get up without assistance and proceed around the start marker to complete the lap.

The participant must complete six laps before starting the next section.

2. Push/Pull Section (physical control)

Upon finishing the obstacle run, the participant moves immediately to the push/pull station, which consists of a specific push/pull unit. The participant may perform this activity in the order s/he chooses, push first and then pull, or vice versa. Since the push is more difficult to perform, it is recommended to do this activity first.
Push Activity
Upon reaching the push/pull unit, the participant grasps the handles and pushes the weight (70 lbs for applicants or 80 lbs for members) off the base of the machine, then moves right or left completing a 180° arc. Six arcs must be completed. If the participant allows the weight to
touch the base, the particular arc must be repeated.

Controlled Falls
Once the push activity is completed, the weight is lowered with control. The participant then moves away from the unit about 2 feet and performs a controlled fall on the front executing a push-up like movement. The participant then comes to a standing ready position and executes a second fall, this time on the back, shoulder blades on the ground. A sit-up like manoeuvre is required to come back up to the standing ready position. This sequence, front and back falls, is repeated until the participants completed 2 front falls and 2 back falls.

Pull Activity
Once the sequence of falls is completed, the participant grasps the rope and pulls so the weight plates lift off the base of the machine and then moves right or left. Six arcs are completed without allowing the weight to touch the base. If the weight touches the base, that particular arc must be repeated.

3. Torso Bag Carry (carry to safety)

The weight carry section of PARE is a pass/fail activity; it is not timed. The participant must be able to pick up a weight (80 lbs for applicants or 100 lbs for members), and carry it over a distance of 50 feet. This activity should begin 1-2 minutes after completion of the timed part of the test. Participants failing the weight-carry section fail PARE

Borrowed from the RCMP website: