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AdventureSmart is a national program dedicated to encouraging Canadians and visitors to Canada to “Get informed and go outdoors”. AdventureSmart combines online and on-site awareness with targeted outreach to try and reduce the number and severity of Search and Rescue Incidents.

AdventureSmart Strategic Plan

AdventureSmart is a concept; both an umbrella for existing prevention programs and a communications mechanism to encourage the general public to “Get informed and go outdoors.” AdventureSmart uses an identifiable brand, a common look and feel, and concise and consistent messaging to promote outdoor recreation and a shared responsibility for safety. The AdventureSmart strategic plan outlines the vision, goals, objectives and components of this collaborative arrangement. View the AdventureSmart Strategic Plan for more details.

AdventureSmart Brand Guidelines

These guidelines have been designed to help license agreement holders apply and manage the AdventureSmart look and feel and brand identity consistently and to a high quality. The National Search and Rescue Secretariat (NSS), in collaboration with its federal, provincial/territorial, municipal and volunteer SAR partners, injury prevention specialists and corporate partners manage the development and delivery of the AdventureSmart Program. This collaborative arrangement respects the intellectual property of contributors and imposes certain requirements in terms of organizational brand recognition for each of the partner’s contribution to the Program. View the AdventureSmart Brand Guidelines for more information.

Targeted Outreach Program Delivery

If you are interested in participating in AdventureSmart program delivery, visit the Presenter Training Page.

AdventureSmart Summary

By following three easy steps, AdventureSmart believes that outdoor recreationalists will significantly improve their chances of survival should they become hurt or lost.

  • Trip Planning (write a trip plan before you go and leave it with a friend or family)
  • Training (obtain the skills and knowledge you need before heading out)
  • Taking the Essentials (carry the essentials and know how to use them)

Contact us to request a program at your school or community group.

Current AdventureSmart programs include:

Hug a Tree and Survive Program

This presentation is aimed at children in Grades K-5. It teaches children how not to become lost in the woods, and what to do if they should become lost.

Learn about Hug a Tree and Survive

Snow Safety Education Program

This presentation is aimed at children in Grades 4-6, teaching ski hill safety and signage, and backcountry information including “Out of Bounds” hazards.

Learn about SSEP >

Survive Outside Program

This presentation is aimed at people aged 12-99. It focuses on Trip Planning, Training and Taking the Essentials. It includes information on how to alert the Search and Rescue system and focuses on survivability pending rescue.

Learn about Survive Outside >

Survive Outside Snowmobiling Program

This presentation is geared for snowmobilers and uses much of the content from Survive Outside adapted to winter conditions. Segments feature travel tips on both snow and ice, including critical information when travelling in avalanche terrain.

Learn about snowmobiling safety >

PaddleSmart Program

This presentation is designed for youth and adults who want to paddle, whether it is using stand-up paddleboards, kayaks or canoes. Topics include trip planning, training and taking the essentials for water based activities. Segments on moving water and coastal water can be added to the presentation depending on location.

Learn about paddling safety >

To find out about Search and Rescue in Canada visit

For information on Ground Search and Rescue volunteers in Canada visit

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