Statistics show that each year in across Canada there are approximately 10,000 incidents, mostly marine based. Search and Rescue (SAR) incidents involve all types of outdoor enthusiasts each year, from hiking and skiing to backcountry travelers and boaters.
AdventureSmart encourages you to get outside and play, but always be informed and prepared before you set out. Time spent gaining extra knowledge and in preparation can help reverse the SAR incident trend.
Three steps to safety outside ...
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 the essentials and know how to use them)
Learn more about Outdoor Safety
The Survive Outside program offered by AdventureSmart is an great way to learn the value of preparation for safety in outdoor activites. However, if you cannot attend one of these sessions, the following program summary will provide you with the information you need to be safe outside. Click on a topic to see the details, or better yet start at the beginning and take in all of the information.
The value of planning—a cautionary tale...
Follow our imaginary hiker Jo as she heads into the hills and illustrates each of the key elements of outdoor safety.
The code of responsibility
The Code of Responsibility for Outdoors represents a code of conduct for each of us who ventures outdoors.
Take the essentials
What survival items do you think should be carried in your pack for any outdoor adventure, whether the duration is a few hours or several days?
The trip plan
Complete a trip plan and leave it with someone you trust so a search and rescue team will know where to begin a search if you do not return at the intended time.
Outdoor travel tips
A summary of the most important outdoor survival considerations.
Search and rescue in Canada
The Canadian natioanal search and rescue structure.
Augment your basic outdoor survival knowledge by taking the “Survive Outside – A Guide to Outdoor Safety and the Code of Responsibility” program offered by AdventureSmart. This brief presenter-led classroom program is targeted toward novice outdoor enthusiasts, youth groups, and everyone – young and old - interested in learning introductory outdoor survival practices from highly-experienced SAR volunteers and AdventureSmart team members.
In the Survive Outside program, you will learn about SAR in your region; the Code of Responsibility, including the Essentials, Trip Plan, Do’s & Don’ts; and Outdoor Travel Tips. Our seasoned, knowledgeable instructors help you tie everything together with scenarios and analyses of real-life SAR experiences.
Want to improve your AdventureSmart IQ? Contact us to request this program at your school or community group.
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