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The YSAR is a three year training programme consisting of outdoor education, search and rescue and emergency response methodolgies, and leadership and incident management


Youth Search and Rescue is an innovative organization which equips young people with the necessary skills to enable safe practice in search and rescue and emergency management


Youth Search and Rescue trains youth with the necessary skills to enable safe practice and emergency response.


Keep up to date with all key YSAR activities and events by registering for our calendar updates.


To apply to become a member of YSAR, you must be aged between 14 and 16 years, find out more here.


YSAR is supported by a range of partners. Our Strategic partners are essential, find out more here.


YSAR operates thanks to the assistance from our supporters, we have several ways to donate. Donations are tax deductible.


Discover innovative and exciting opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

YSAR Navigation Training Exercise 2017

YSAR Year One Ridge Traverse Navigation Exercise 2017
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Kaimai Hut YSAR Training venue 2017

The Kaimai Hut flyover. A regular training venue for the YSAR Programme
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SARINZ Clue Site Processing Training at Youth Search and Rescue 2017

SARINZ delivered their 2 day Search and Rescue Clue Site Processing course to Youth Search and Rescue 20170922. Here is some footage to one of the practicle exercises.
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Ngatuhoa Track Condition Survey – September 2017

Ngatuhoa Track Condition Survey This ESRI Story Map report was created for the purpose of providing the Ngatuhoa Lodge committee, situational awareness of the Windfall hazards across the walking tracks in the area - September 2017. The project was developed and...
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YSAR begins UAV operator training with the help of Tauranga based company GPS-IT

YSAR have introduced a new subject into their 3 year training programme focusing on UAV/Drones in Search and Rescue and Civil Defence Emergency Management. This  subject is as an element of their extensive Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focus. The...
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Search and Rescue – Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR)

FLIR Systems FLIR Systems, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes technologies that enhance perception and awareness. We bring innovative sensing solutions into daily life through our thermal imaging systems, visible-light imaging systems,...
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Exciting Development in Dementia Tracking _ YSAR Research and Development Project

YSAR Students - Research and Development opportunity for dementia patient tracking - leading technology Hi Team. I am wanting to put a YSAR Student working group together to look into some new technology that is coming available which could be used for Dementia...
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Weekend Training at YSAR – Here’s a good example of what we do

Youth Search and Rescue (YSAR)Training Weekend We have 8 full weekend training exercises a year and a 5 day SAREX at the end of the year. This weekend is a typical monthy training exercise. Scroll back through our photo library to have a look at what we do....
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YSAR Tauranga Youth head to Australia to speak at International SAR Conference

Four Bay teenagers will soon be telling the world about their trailblazing success using new technology in search and rescue. Abbie Chaytor, Alex Groos, Jack Niles and Taylor Peacock from Tauranga-based Youth Search and Rescue, will fly to the Gold Coast next month to...
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S.T.E.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. We focus on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively. We believe that STEM skills are essential for the future of Search and Rescue and Emergency Management and our young people are the ones who will integrate new innovation as best practice.

Being involved in YSAR has opened so many doors for me. It helped me develop the confidence, discipline, strength and character that enables me to reach my goals. YSAR only built and strengthened my love for the outdoors and through the training and knowledge I have received through the programme, I am able to give it the respect it deserves. I have been pushed to my limits mentally physically and emotionally and have had the time of my life. I’ve achieve things I never imagined I could accomplish and the people you do it with are friends for a lifetime, I cannot recommend it to enough people.

Laura Geraerts




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