Search & Rescue

Prepare yourself and your team with on-site Search & Rescue training from Canada's leading public safety educator.

Are you looking for a Search & Rescue course to be delivered on-site at your location? Or do you need a customized training session developed to meet the specific needs of your team?

The Emergency Management Division is able to provide customized and site-specific courses to all of our clients.  We can adapt our existing SAR courses or design new courses to meet your needs.

The JIBC is also proud to partner with Emergency Management BC (EMBC), the RCMP, and the British Columbia Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) to deliver Search & Rescue training to volunteers across British Columbia.

  • To become a Search & Rescue volunteer, visit the Emergency Management BC website.
  • To register for a currently scheduled course, see the SAR Volunteer Schedule.
    Note: you must already be a SAR volunteer to register.

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Who Should Take This Training?

JIBC’s comprehensive series of Search & Rescue courses will benefit any organization across Canada looking to implement a new Search & Rescue model or further develop their SAR team.

What Will You Learn?

Search & Rescue is the lifeline of emergency response. Whether it's searching for a lost hiker or leading a full-scale avalanche response, SAR personnel are integral to people, communities and organizations.

Our comprehensive series of SAR courses will help you introduce an effective SAR support model for your community or organization. Some of the specific topics include:

  • Search & rescue management
  • Team leadership and wilderness survival
  • Ground search, rope rescue and avalanche response
  • Hypothermia and response


CourseCourse Code
Ground Search & RescueEMRG-1700
Introduction to Search and Rescue in British ColumbiaEMRG-1703
Ground Search Team LeaderEMRG-1711
Organized Avalanche Response Team MembersEMRG-1751 
Organized Avalanche Response Team LeaderEMRG-1752
Wilderness SurvivalEMRG-1752 
Search & Rescue Management Current PracticesEMRG-1782 
Search and Rescue Management Level 1EMRG-1783 
Hypothermia and FrostbiteEMRG-1791 
RCMP SAR Management Distance Learning Presentation 


Delivery Format

JIBC Search & Rescue courses are available on-site at your location anywhere across Canada or internationally. Because you pick the location, you save on transportation and accommodation costs, time away from work, and productivity gaps. We come to you whether it's at your office, a conference centre or a hotel meeting room. Or you can choose to have the course delivered at one of our campuses. Some courses are also available online. 

Training Schedule

Note that the training schedule below is for registered SAR volunteers in BC only. If you are not a registered SAR volunteer, please contact us for contract training.

2018-2019 SAR Training Schedule

Student Resources

Instructions for filling out the SAR Training Application Form:

  1. The student or Training Officer fills out all the required fields on the fillable application form.
  2. The form can be saved using "SAVE AS", in order to save it on your own computer.
  3. Forms are printed off and signed by the Training Officer or SAR President.
  4. Training Officer or SAR President either faxes, or scans & emails the form to "SAR Training".

Student Appeal of a Course Evaluation

Romer Card

This quick and easy reference tool provides invaluable navigational and planning tools right at your fingertips.

Key Benefits:

  • Small enough to fit in any pocket, measuring in at 98 x 148mm
  • Durable and weatherproof with heavy duty lamination
  • Easy to find with a bright green colour
  • Easy to read with improved clarity and larger type size
Romer   Card    click image to view larger

Key Features:

  • UTM romers for 1:50,000 and 1:20,000 scale maps
  • Slope indicators for reading slope angle from contour line spacing for:
    • 1:50,000 scale: 20m, 100' and 40m contour intervals
    • 1:20,000 scale: 20m contour intervals
  • Latitude/longitude scale for minutes and seconds, 1:50,000 scale maps
  • Scale for 1:20,000 scale maps
  • List of standardized ICS map symbols and colours for SAR
  • NEW added a compass rose
  • NEW added a decimal-minutes scale to the latitude/longitude scale

The Romer Card is available from the JIBC Store at a cost of $4 each, plus shipping and handling and applicable taxes. Contact the JIBC Store.

Last updated February 13, 2019