Wilderness Education

Coquitlam SAR present to The Good News Bears at Northside Church

Coquitlam SAR present to The Good News Bears at Northside Church

In addition to finding and rescuing people, Search and Rescue volunteers spend many hours a year presenting to the public on how not to get lost, and if lost, how to survive until help arrives. From our experience, most incidents could have been prevented or their effect reduced by a little preparation.

Coquitlam SAR volunteers are available to speak to schools, scouts, guides, hiking and other interested groups about wilderness safety. The team offers the popular Hug-A-Tree program to younger children, and we see several hundred people a year at events such as the “Teddy Bear Picnic” (in Coquitlam), H.E.R.O.S events, Emergency Preparedness Week, outdoor shows, and other community events.

More Information

Ten Essentials
The ten essentials are a collection of items that you should always have with you when you go into the backcountry, Read about them, and how they can make a difference in a survival situation.
For some of the finest advice on how to prepare for a safe wilderness experience, see the national AdventureSmart program
Avalanche Safety
The Canadian Avalanche Centre provides avalanche bulletins, training, and other resources for the public to learn about the hazards of avalanches and how to travel safety in the backcountry in the winter.
The Hug-A-Tree and survive program is designed to teach children ages 5-12 basic survival skills. Read more about this program and how Coquitlam SAR members deliver it to local schools and community groups.
Cell Phones and Rescue
Information on cell phones (mobile phones) including smart phones and how they are used for rescue. It's not as easy as it looks in TV to use them to find you!
Hypothermia and cold injuries are one of the biggest issues in backcountry safety, even in the middle of summer. SAR members train in special techniques to recognize and treat hypothermia.
Trip Planning Resources
One of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk if you get lost is to tell someone where you are going, and when you are planning to return. Read more about how you can use trip planning resources to make your adventure safer.