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Posted: July 31, 2021

Help SAR volunteers by planning and sticking to it

British Columbia’s ‘Day’ is often celebrated outdoors by hiking, mountain biking, paddling and climbing.

Hikers, bikers, paddlers and climbers rarely head out for their adventure with the expectation that something will go wrong, and most times everything will go right.  However, that one time that the unexpected happens… your investment in trip planning can mean the difference between a successful outcome and becoming a statistic.

AdventureSmart reports that annually there are 1,900+ search and rescue incidents in B.C. keeping our 3,000 Search and Rescue volunteers incredibly busy. Help them help you.

PLAN your hike and hike your plan.

PLAN your ride and ride your plan.

PLAN your paddle and paddle your plan.

PLAN your climb and climb your plan.

All adventures start with a plan.

Start with the AdventureSmart TRIP PLAN APP.


One km from your planned route, the SAR area is 3.1 square km.

Three km from your planned route, the SAR area is 28 square km.

Ten km from your planned route, the SAR area is 314 square km.

There are 79 SAR groups in B.C.

There are 3,000 SAR volunteers (2,500 responders, 500 members in training + resource members) in B.C.

1,900+ SAR incidents annually in B.C.

There was a 30% increase in SAR call volume in 2020.

BC SAR members volunteer 430,000 hours of their time on callouts annually, and historically an astounding 95% subjects are found or rescued within the first 24 hours.

There have been 869 SAR incidents in B.C. already from April 1, 2021 – July 25, 2021.

B.C. has 500+ volunteer outdoor educators trained by and recognized by BC AdventureSmart.

BC AdventureSmart, in its 17th year, was created by the BC SAR Association and has a full time Team of outdoor educators.

“While BC Day is a time to celebrate in B.C., over 3,000 volunteers (2,500 GSAR trained, 500 members in training and over 100 resource members) are prepared to help those in need. 2020 was a record year for these volunteers who responded to over 1,950 searches and rescues and July and August are traditionally the busiest months. B.C.’s current wildfire situation makes it even more challenging for these dedicated volunteers as they assist their communities in evacuation alerts and notices. Please listen to the advice of BC AdventureSmart so that your experience can be an enjoyable one. We hope you never have to meet our volunteers,” stated BC Search and Rescue Association.


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