Custom Publications

Together we can create beautiful and unique custom publications

Technical Manuals | Staff Handbooks | Field Guides and Manuals | Standard Operating Procedures | Safety and Emergency Checklists

Let’s face it. Getting what you want doesn’t happen very often. Seeing your vision down in a visual way with drawings, design, photographs, and creative copy. Our custom publications really do deliver all this. No BS. We know what you mean because we have probably been there and done it. It would be great to chat and find out what you need.

Gorgeous Design

We take pride in developing engaging publications that look good. We design with your organisations logo and branding in mind.


Fully Explained

We take your expertise and deliver an easy to read format. The combination of text, drawings, images and layout makes your publication come to life.


Cost Effective

With our Custom 20/50 plans and 24 month payment plan we make building your publication affordable. If you want to save some money you can choose a one off payment.

Plans and Pricing

What Our Customers Are Saying

We know our custom publications rock. Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!

Thanks for the updated Tech Rescue Guides.
Graphics just get better and better and provide really clear, simple examples for SAR teams.
Other things I think are big improvements are the move to the alpine butterfly for connecting the stretcher and the vector force diagrams vs the old tables. I use these a lot with the teams to get them thinking about forces in the system.
As always, beautifully presented Grant. Nice one.

Marty Benavente

Senior Field Training Officer, Australian Antarctic Division

Examples of our custom publications

Rope Rescue and Rigging
Field Guide

Technical Manual

Frequently Asked Questions

What stock drawing and images are available?

We have over 1000 stock drawings and images available. These are mostly technical type drawings in the area of rigging, rope rescue, swiftwater/whitewater, alpine/glacier and canyoning including:

  • Knotcraft
  • Equipment
  • Water hazards and rescue
  • Abseiling
  • Ascending
  • Anchors
  • Pitch rigging and setup
  • Belaying
  • Lowering
  • Raising/Pulley systems
  • Communication
  • Directionals
  • Stretchers
  • Forces
What is a drawing in the Custom 20 and Custom 50 offer?

A drawing is a 2D object that is usually a single object that is represented digitally using Adobe Illustrator.

A single drawing can also be multi-stage sequence of a simple object. A good example of this would be tying a knot. It may a 3 or 4 step sequence however we consider this one drawing for the purpose of the Custom 20 and Custom 50 offers.

We try to give you value for money and wish to work with you to get your ideas and concepts into reality. Feel free to contact us and chat about your ideas.

Do I own the document when its finished?

For Custom 20 you own the PDF print ready version of the document.

For Custom 50 you own the PDF print ready version of the document supplied and the JPGs of the new drawings.

For Custom Unlimited you own the PDF print ready version of the document supplied, the JPGs of the new drawings supplied, and the new native format files e.g. Indesign and Illustrator files.

All stock drawings and images are owned by OTE rescue. You are licensed to use the drawings and images as part of your own publications. You are not able to resell the stock drawings and images individually. Note: as part of Custom Unlimited you will be supplied JPGs of the stock drawings and images as part of the packaged Indesign file.

You would retain the ownership of any material you supply such as words, images and drawings.

What is the editing service?

We have an editing guru Nola who is great to work with. She can help you with spelling, grammar, structure and keeping a consistent voice throughout your publication.

What is the printing service?

There is quite a bit to think about when taking your publication to print and we can take care of it for you. We will work with you to get your specifications sorted (e.g. size, paper, binding) ready for a quote. We then go through proofing, print approval and printing. If you live locally we highly recommend you turn up on the day of printing to check everything is coming out as you expected. Note: we use a Chirstchurch, New Zealand based printer.

What is the photography service?

Often the thing that makes the best publications are the photos. This could be gear, people and landscapes. If you have a number of different shots you need then our legendary photographer Matt can come to your location and get the shots you need. He will be in touch before shooting to plan out what you need and the best approach. As well as taking the photos there is post production work on Photoshop or Lightroom to get the best result possible for you. Check out Matts work here

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