Learning to survive, thrive and save lives

Unlock the Future of Search and Rescue and Emergency Management with YSAR’s Unique 3-Year Training Program

YSAR is not just an educational journey; it’s a commitment to personal growth and community service.

Are you or your child passionate about making a difference and eager to engage in challenging yet rewarding activities? Youth Search and Rescue (YSAR) offers a comprehensive 3-year training program tailored for New Zealand’s future workforce in Search and Rescue (SAR) and Emergency Management (EM). Designed for young enthusiasts aged 14-15, YSAR empowers students to thrive in survival situations, save lives, and contribute significantly to community safety. Program Overview: YSAR’s structured training is delivered one weeknight per week during the first three school terms each year, supplemented by six weekend training exercises and a culminating annual Search and Rescue and Emergency Management scenario operation. This balanced schedule ensures participants gain extensive knowledge and hands-on experience without overwhelming their school commitments.


Curriculum Highlights

  1. Bushcraft and Survival Skills: Learn essential wilderness survival techniques, from navigation and campsite selection to understanding and applying first aid in the outdoors.
  2. Advanced Communications Training: Dive into advanced communication methods, including VHF radio operations and satellite communications, crucial for effective SAR operations.
  3. Ecology and Environmental Care: Explore New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna with a focus on conservation and practical application in wilderness survival.
  4. Incident Management Proficiency: Gain expertise in managing complex emergency scenarios through comprehensive training on Incident Management Teams within CIMS frameworks.
  5. Leadership Development: From basic to advanced outdoor leadership, students develop essential skills in decision-making, team management, and strategic problem-solving.
  6. Comprehensive Navigation Training: Master land and marine navigation to enhance operational effectiveness in SAR missions.
  7. Building Resilience: Equip yourself with strategies to manage stress and trauma, fostering emotional resilience essential for SAR and emergency contexts.
  8. SAR Technologies: Get hands-on with the latest in SAR technology, learning to apply GIS and RPAS in real-world rescue operations.
  9. Water Safety Expertise: From river crossings to coastal navigation, learn comprehensive water safety and swift-water rescue techniques.
  10. Meteorological Skills: Understand weather patterns and forecasting to ensure safety during outdoor adventures.

Program Accessibility

YSAR is available throughout New Zealand, making it accessible to a wide range of participants. The program blends face-to-face sessions with online delivery options, ensuring flexibility and inclusivity.

Enrolment Information

Prospective students and parents can learn more about the program at www.ysar.nz. YSAR is not just an educational journey; it’s a commitment to personal growth and community service. Apply online for 2025

Join YSAR – Learn to Survive, Thrive, and Save Lives

By joining YSAR, students embark on a transformative journey that prepares them for future roles in SAR and emergency management. They develop practical skills, enhance personal resilience, and gain the confidence to lead and make decisions in high-stakes environments. Through this program, YSAR is moulding the next generation of leaders in SAR and Emergency Management. We encourage young New Zealanders passionate about making a difference to apply and become part of a community dedicated to saving lives and serving society.

Thank you for choosing to donate to YSAR

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