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, 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.

How do I find out more?

Attend an Intro and Info Event

Our annual application process begins in May to June each year. The first step in the process is attending an Intro and 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 in May-June. There is a form below for that and we'll reach out to let you know the the Intro & Info event schedule for the year as soon as the dates are 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 held in the greater Bay Area is mandatory. 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.

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.