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? Are you prepared to make a significant time commitment?

If the answer is yes, review the basic requirements for SAR in general and our team in particular here.

If the answer is still yes, consider becoming a Search and Rescue volunteer with Cal-ESAR. You can find our application and selection process here.

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.

How do I find out more?

Attend an Intro and Info Event

Our annual application process begins in May - June each year. The first step in the process is attending an Intro & Info event to let us know you're interested. These events are one hour presentation and Q&A sessions that take place throughout the Bay Area.

There is a form below to sign up. We'll reach out in late March - April when the Intro & Info Event schedule for the year is available. When the dates and venue information is firm for the year they are also posted at this link.

You should also check out the training weekend dates. Attendance at all training events is required. If you think you are interested in applying to the team we strongly suggest you reserve those dates on your calendar before you apply.

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 the application process and add you to our list of interested individuals.

Special Note: Cal-ESAR is based in Northern California and as a practical matter if you live outside of the greater Bay / Sacramento Areas we are not the best team for you logistically. Our training program requires one overnight weekend a month (primitive camping) in the Bay Area from October through May and regular, ongoing physical presence there after.

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 training weekends on the Training Overview page.