Survive Outside

Statistics show that each year across Canada there are approximately 5,000 ground Search and Rescue incidents. As a Survive Outside Educator, and a representative of AdventureSmart, a national prevention program, it is your responsibility to encourage your audience to always be informed and prepared before they set out into the wilderness. Time spent gaining this extra knowledge and skills can help reverse the SAR incident trend.

About the Course

The objective of the Survive Outside course is to deliver an introductory “heads up” presentation. The brief 60-90 minute educator-led classroom program is targeted toward novice outdoor enthusiasts, youth groups, and everyone – young and old – interested in learning introductory outdoor survival practices from highly-experienced SAR volunteers and AdventureSmart team members.

In the Survive Outside program, you will teach your audience about SAR in your region; Trip Planning, Training and Taking the Essentials (the 3T’s), and other outdoor travel tips. As a seasoned, knowledgeable educator, you will help your audience tie everything together with scenarios and analyses of real-life SAR experiences.

    Course Overview

    The Survive Outside program helps to augment your audience’s basic outdoor survival knowledge. This course provides you with different scenarios, acitivities, presentation tips, as well as the core Survive Outside content that you will need to know in order to properly educate your audience. 

    Introducing the Presentation

    Learn the proper formats, scripts, and procedures that must be followed when introducing both yourself, and the program. Make sure to include a hook and rationale, and background information on Search and Rescue in Canada. 

    Focused Messaging

    The Three Ts – Trip Planning, Training, and Taking the Essentials are the three key steps to outdoor safety. By following these three easy steps, AdventureSmart believes that outdoor recreationalists will significantly improve their chances of survival should they become lost or in distress.

    Making the Right Call

    Alerting SAR authorities is not always as simple as typing 911 into your cellphone. There are a variety of different technologies that are typically used to call or alert for help, from transceivers to beacons and radios – and it is your job to educate your audience on which option is best suited to their adventure.

    Scenarios and Concluding

    Learn how to properly conclude your presentation, and help your audience summarize all that they have learned. Put all the learning together and analyze real-life stories of SAR subjects with your audience. Discuss what was done well, and what could have been done differently. 

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    Search and Rescue in Canada
    AdventureSmart Focused Messaging
    Calling for Help: Making the Right Call
    Course Conclusion

    What’s Next?

    Following the completion of the course material, you will be prompted to take a final exam in order to earn your course certificate. Take your time and study the material before attempting the exam – in order to pass you will need to obtain a minimum grade of 80%. 

    Course Certificate

    Once you have passed the final exam, you will receive a course certificate and become a certified Survive Outside Educator. From there you can head over to and begin the process of registering yourself as an Outdoor Educator! 

    Register as an Official Educator & Access Additional Resources

    Visit to register yourself as an official Educator and gain access to additional presentation resources, schedule presentations, and submit post presentation reports.