AdventureSmart is a national prevention
program that helps Canadians and visitors
to Canada effectively prepare for their
outdoor excursions. The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada,
in partnership with Parks Canada, is pleased to announce the development of
the new AdventureSmart Trip Plan App ( video Link) and it is now available as
a free download for iPhones (on the Apple App Store) and Android (via the
Google Play store). Developed with the knowledge and expertise that comes
from decades of experience, the AdventureSmart Trip Plan App is a
tremendous new aid for those heading outdoors, especially when it comes to
the “Three T’s”:
Trip Planning - Let the AdventureSmart Trip Plan App walk you through a
comprehensive trip plan, then easily share it with a responsible party,
family or friends, with just a couple of clicks.
Training – Use the AdventureSmart Trip Plan App as a reference for
outdoor survival tips, suggestions for appropriate clothing and additional
information specific to your outdoor activity.
Taking the Essentials – The AdventureSmart Trip Plan App offers a handy
guide to help with the essentials of any equipment list, including those
specific to your chosen activity, season and location.
Travel with a companion: A companion can give you a hand to overcome
difficulties or emergencies.
Be prepared: Ensure everyone with you understands what to do in case of an
Don’t depend solely on technology: Equipment failure and lack of reception
are very possible in the outdoors. Consider carrying a map and compass as a
Statistics show that each year across Canada there are
approximately 5,000 ground Search and Rescue
incidents. They involve all types of outdoor enthusiasts,
from hikers and skiers to backcountry travellers and
AdventureSmart encourages you to have fun and play,
but always be informed and prepared before you set out.
Time spent gaining this extra knowledge and skills can
help reverse the SAR incident trend.
Three steps to safety outside ...
By following three easy steps, AdventureSmart believes that
outdoor recreationalists will significantly improve their chances of
survival should they become lost or in distress.
Trip Planning. Plan your travel route. Know the terrain and
conditions. Check the weather and always fill out a trip plan.
Training. Obtain the knowledge and skills you need before
heading out. Know and stay within your limits.
Taking the Essentials. Always carry these essentials, and know
how to use them. Add other equipment specific to your
chosen activity, season and location.
Under "normal" circumstances, a person can survive
3 minutes without air
3 days without water
3 weeks without food
Water is a more pressing need than food.
Whether you’re out for a leisurely day-hike or trail run through
park trails or a strenuous multi-day trek through the backcountry
wilds, ensure your trip is a safe one:
Check the weather before you leave and be prepared for it to change.
Carry extra food & clothing – a good rule of thumb for day-trippers is to be able to stay out overnight, in case of trouble.
Be bear aware and cougar aware. Bears and cougars aren’t just in the backcountry – our parks and cities encroach on their
habitat. Ensure you know what to do if you meet one.
Canada’s trails are for everyone, so while you’re out there remember:
Keep to the trail. Shortcuts contribute to erosion and can destroy sensitive growth.
Slow your pace and announce your presence/intentions when approaching other users.
Share the trail. Downhill yields to uphill. Hikers yield to horseback riders.
Annapolis County Ground
Search and Rescue Service Area
Annapolis County Ground Search and Rescue,
P.O. Box 234, Bridgetown N.S. B0S 1C0