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Welcome

The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) is a registered not-for-profit and educational organization that supports, coordinates, develops, informs, promotes and implements search, rescue and emergency response with the underlying principle of saving lives.

SARVAC is administered by volunteers who train and practice search, rescue and survival skills in various parts of Canada . The organization is supported by the National Search and Rescue Secretariat and is funded through donations and fund-raising events.

SARVAC takes pride in offering a vital National service. In addition to its search and rescue activities, it provides a medium for liaison and the exchange of information among federal, provincial/territorial, local, and volunteer search and/or rescue agencies and organizations.

Our Mission

"To save lives by fostering, coordinating and encouraging excellence in volunteer search and rescue organizations in Canada."

Our Vision

"To have a national community of skilled search and rescue volunteers whose contributions are valued and supported by the public and all levels of government."

SURVIVAL DOCUMENTS
SARVAC provides several trip documents to help you plan your wilderness trip.
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OUTDOOR TRAVEL TIPS
Information on planning a wilderness trip and tips on what to do should you become lost.
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Heading Outdoors? Leave a Plan
NO ONE EVER expects to get into trouble outdoors. But, a turn in the weather, mistake in judgment, unexpected injury, equipment failure, or sudden nightfall can quickly change any recreational outing into a crisis.
How prepared are you?
Always leave your trip plan with a responsible party, family member or friend. They can notify authorities if you don’t return. Complete AdventureSmart’s online trip plan and leave it with a responsible person prior to an outdoor adventure, or download the sample trip plan form and fill it out.
SURVIVAL CARD
A handy pocket card with information on planning a trip, and what to do if you become lost. Print and carry this in your personal survival kit.
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The new Standard Z1620 Core Competency Standard for Ground Search and Rescue Operations: Searcher, Team Leader and SAR Manager (1st edition) is now available for public review and comment. Click here to see the “Notice of Public Review” and link to the CSA site to access and comment on the draft document

 


Get informed & go outdoors!
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Learn more about ground search and rescue in Canada.

Click here to view a brief (90-second) introductory video.

The Official Website for CALLOUT: Search and Rescue TV Series.
Click to learn more about the exciting and challenging world of Search and Rescue.