Registration opens for high school search-and-rescue training academy

The academy takes place from March 25 until April 6.

  • Nov. 30, 2017 12:00 p.m.

Secondary students across British Columbia who are interested in pursuing a future in search-and-rescue can now register for the Spring Break 2018 Search and Rescue Academy.

The academy takes place at the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre on Hornby Island from March 25 until April 6, 2018. Comox Valley Search and Rescue and the TBOEC will present the academy, in partnership with Comox Valley School District 71 and Qualicum Beach School District 69.

This all-inclusive residential academy offers an ideal learning environment situated on an idyllic oceanfront setting on Hornby Island and at the Vancouver Island Mountain Centre at Mount Washington.

Upon successful graduation, students will receive a Ground Search and Rescue Technician certification from the Justice Institute of B.C.

Students will also earn six high school credits, as well as 30 community connection hours. Graduates will also receive a St. Johns Ambulance First Aid certification.

The program is open to secondary students enrolled in any school district in B.C. aged 16 years or older. Space is limited to 32 students and will fill up quickly. To register or for more information, visit

The cost for the all-inclusive program is $1,500 per student for B.C. residents and $2,500 for International students. The cost includes all equipment, meals, transportation, accommodations, activities, professional instruction, program training, manuals and certificates.

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