An Invitation

If you enjoy the outdoors, learning new skills, and working as part of a team, then you are a excellent candidate for SBCSAR. Search and rescue is extremely demanding, requiring highly trained and physically fit members. Team members must be able to travel through a mountain environment in any weather for extended periods of time.  Most team members begin with limited experience, but have the time, eagerness and dedication to learn. Specialized equipment is provided by the team; however, the vast majority of equipment required is normal outdoor gear and must be purchased by the individual team member.  Those starting with nothing can spend several hundred dollars on gear.*It is recommended that applicants wait to purchase gear until equipment is discussed in the academy. DSC_1565

Requirements to apply

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be in Excellent physical shape
  • Possess a High School Diploma
  • Possess a valid drivers license
  • Be a US citizen or legal resident
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be willing to work as part of a team
  • No felony convictions
  • Be willing to commit many hours to the team

Attend a Recruitment Meeting

The first step for anyone interested in joining the SBCSAR team is to attend a recruitment meeting. During that time you will learn about the team’s responsibilities, our training and the commitment it takes to become a member.

Recruitment Meeting Schedules

Santa Barbara

The following meeting dates will be held at the Santa Barbara SAR Station located at 66 S. San Antonio Rd.

  • We currently do not have any future dates planned – please check back in the spring of 2021 for an update on any future meeting dates.

Buelton & Santa Ynez Valley

The following meeting dates will be held at the Santa Ynez Airport Lounge located at 900 Airport Rd.

  • No date set yet

Please contact our recruitment committee for more information.



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