Learning to survive, thrive and save lives


Simply visit our online application form and fill out the necessary information here. Interviews are held each October for the following intake starting February.

Establishment Fee-Year one only $322+gst
Course Fee per year $586 + gst

YSAR trainees are a minimum of 14 to 18 years old
Must be able to carry a fully loaded pack over a weekend exercise. YSAR program is physical and does require a reasonable level of fitness and good health

YSAR must be a priority otherwise there will be gaps in their training. Weekend training exercises include external courses where YSAR have paid for the course delivery. Failing to attend these courses will be a course fail.

See the calendar for your local group’s training schedule. Week night training for the first 3 X school terms, 6 X weekend training exercises, 1 X 5-day end of year exercise.

Qualifications are changing under the current Tertiary review and some providers are not offering credits in the interim. External courses offered are

  • Day Skippers License
  • VHF Marine Operators
  • Outdoor First Aid Course
  • CIMS Coordinated Incident Management
  • Action Orientated Team Leader

YSAR is a training organisation, once trainees are 18 years old they can join a Search and Rescue organisation of their choice. YSAR are working closely with LandSAR NZ and NZ Police to enable Level 3 students to be operational

They can apply but students need to be 14 on the 1st February of the start year.
Not at this stage

Yes, we reply on parent help, both as leaders with the students, camp help and behind the scenes with Local operations committee. Please get in touch with any of the leadership team on how you can help out via email [email protected]

A list is on our website gear information here.         

No, your child has accepted a position with YSAR for the year and the funds will have been allocated to operational delivery commitments.

Yes: Instructors need to know that all the students have the same equipment and its quality is reliable and serviceable.

There is no official YSAR transport to and from camps it is the parent’s responsibility, however, we encourage car-pooling and usually a parent helper organizes this through the Local Operations Committee.

Interviews are a chance for students and parents to meet the instructors and ask questions, while instructors will be assessing the student’s suitability for the program. Key aspects which will be covered at the interview; commitment, attendance, competing interests, fitness, understanding of YSAR purpose. We suggest you immerse yourself in the website before the interview.

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YSAR is classified as a Donor Organisation and your donations are tax deductible – please make contact for further information