Cowichan Search & Rescue

Professionally Trained Volunteers Dedicated To Bringing People Home. Anyone. Anytime. Anywhere.

High Angle Rescue

With mountain peaks encompassing the valley, and various other steep terrain, our group is trained to access hard to reach places only accessible by using ropes.

Ground Search & Rescue

The team’s skills start with Ground and Inland Water (lakes & rivers). Skills for effectively finding and rescuing people from deep forests, mountain trails, lake shores, and river banks.

Swiftwater Rescue

The Cowichan, Koksilah and Chemainus Rivers provide lots of potential for trouble.

Through additional training, many of our members are also trained in the following specialty skill disciplines:
Tracking The art and science of observing clues left behind to track lost people.
Avalanche Rescue the opportunity for avalanche hazard exists in the west Lake Cowichan area, and our members are available to other SAR groups.
To maintain a high level of skill proficiency and gear inventory for various tactical search and or rescue situations, our members put countless volunteer hours towards group and specialty team training.

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About Cowichan Search & Rescue

Cowichan SAR is a registered non-profit society providing volunteer Search and Rescue services to residents of the greater Cowichan Valley.

Our territory spans the width of the Island from the Malahat summit in the south to the Chemainus River in the north. Within this territory, our members provide 24-hour, 365-day coverage for people lost or injured in the wilderness.

Every member of our group is trained to high degree of proficiency in Ground Search and Rescue techniques. All members take part in a 90-hour Justice Institute training program to acquire the basic skills required of certified SAR volunteers. As our core resource, these are the skills the public and the RCMP (and agencies such as BC Ambulance Service) rely on to assist or find people.

Adventure Smart

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.

Hug a Tree Program

An AdventureSmart program that helps lost children survive in the woods. 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.

Public Education

Cowichan Search and Rescue undertakes outdoor safety public education, with trained presenters for AdventureSmart, a national program dedicated to encouraging Canadians and visitors to Canada to “Get informed and go outdoors”, and Hug-a-Tree and Survive, a similar program aimed at helping lost children survive in the woods.

More about our Education