Outdoor Safety Tips from Adventure Smart | Pemberton District SAR

Outdoor Safety

"I really never thought something like this could happen to me."

Our team regularly hears the same comment from those we rescue. For this reason, Pemberton District Search & Rescue believes public education to be of paramount importance.

We endorse and sponsor many key education initiatives designed to keep both children and adults safe in the backcountry. Please explore this section to learn more about staying safe in the outdoors. If you would like members of Pemberton District Search & Rescue to host an education session for your organization, please contact us. 

AdventureSmart is a national program dedicated to encouraging Canadians and visitors to Canada to “Get informed and go outdoors”. The AdventureSmart program was created by Emergency Management B.C. with the assistance of the National Search and Rescue Secretariat, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the British Columbia SAR Association. AdventureSmart combines online and on-site awareness with targeted outreach to try and reduce the number and severity of search and rescue incidents.

Pemberton District Search & Rescue is proud to have partnered with AdventureSmart to deliver these key messages within our community. Team members regularly deliver the following courses to upwards of 1,500 children and adults within our community each and every year.

AdventureSmart available programs

Discover programs available on the AdventureSmart website that help you learn more about safely enjoying the great outdoors!

Hug-a-Tree and Survive Program

This presentation is aimed at children in Grades K-6. It teaches children how to avoid getting lost in the woods and covers what to do if they should become lost.

» Learn more about Hug-a-Tree and Survive

Snow Safety Education Program

This presentation is aimed at children in Grades 4-6. It teaches ski hill safety, signage and backcountry survival tips including “Out of Bounds” hazards.

» Learn more about Snow Safety

Survive Outside Program

This presentation is aimed at people aged 12 and up. It focuses on trip planning, the Code of Responsibility, training and tips for safe backcountry travel.

» Learn more about Survive Outside

Trip Planning

The importance of a trip plan cannot be understated. Your trip plan provides prospective rescuers with information on how to find you should you become lost or injured. If you do not file a trip plan, critical time is absorbed trying to determine where to begin searching. In the case of inclement weather or injury, this time can mean the difference between life and death.

Complete a detailed Trip Plan


It does happen and how you respond early will very much impact how things end. Familiarize yourself with these steps to give yourself the best opportunity to stay safe

10 Essentials

The 10 Essentials should be carried on every trip, no matter how short or how familiar. Packing these items will help to ensure your survival if you should become lost or injured. Please remember that you must know how to use these items before you find yourself in an emergency situation.

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