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 the British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program with the assistance of the National Search & Rescue Secretariat, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) 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 & Rescue incidents.

By following three easy steps, AdventureSmart believes that outdoor recreationalists will significantly improve their chances of survival should they become hurt or lost.

– Trip Planning (Write a trip plan before you go and leave it with a friend or family member)
– Training (Obtain the skills and knowledge you need before heading out)
– The Essentials (Carry the essentials and know how to use them.)

OSARVA has 1900 members who provide assistance across the province on ground and inland water Search & Rescue incidents. These skilled volunteers have partnered with AdventureSmart to deliver this key message in their local communities.

Hug A Tree

This presentation is aimed at children in grades K-6. It teaches children how not to become lost in the woods, and what to do if they should become lost.

Snow Safety

This presentation is aimed at children in grades 4-6, teaching ski hill safety and signage, and backcountry information including “Out of Bounds” hazards.


There has been a drastic increase in popularity of recreational paddling. We want to increase the knowledge, skills and ability of those who want to paddle, and make them better paddlers.

Survive Outside

This presentation is aimed at people aged 12-99. It focuses on Trip Planning and the Code of Responsibility, Training and tips for safe travel and the 10 Essentials.