Join Cal-ESAR

Why join?

Do you enjoy the outdoors? Do you want to make a difference and give back to your community doing what you enjoy?

If the answer is yes, consider becoming a Search and Rescue volunteer with Cal-ESAR. Our training cycle starts in October and welcomes those that want to help when someone’s life literally depends on the efforts of others. It's a rewarding experience.

Our application process for our 2019-20 class is closed. However, the first step is attending a Intro and Info night (described below) and letting us know you're interested. There is a form below for that and we'll reach out in Spring 2020 to let you know the schedule for the Intro & Info events.

How do I find out more?

Attend an Intro and Info Event

If you're interested in joining, a great first step is to attend an Intro Night. Intro Nights are one hour sessions that involve a presentation and Q&A. They take place throughout the Bay Area in the fall. A list of Intro and Info Events is here. You should also check out the 2019-2020 training weekend dates to see if they'll work for your schedule.

Fill out this form to let us know you are interested

When you fill this out, we'll send you an email with more information about how to join and add you to our list of interested individuals.

What training will I get?

Participants receive training in:

  • Outdoor Skills
  • Wilderness Navigation
  • First Aid
  • Technical Rope Skills
  • Snow Survival (optional)
  • Search Techniques
  • Rescue Procedures
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Radio Communications

You can find out more and see the dates for 2019-2020 training weekends on the Training Overview page.