Join the Team

New Members

Water and medical scenario
The team is very busy, so we are always on the lookout for new members. If you meet the below prerequisites and have time to commit to attending training and callouts, then please consider completing an application form.

Prerequisites for Trainee Membership

OVMRO provides training in specific search and rescue skills. It does NOT provide training in climbing or mountaineering. To be offered a place on an Initial Hill Day, an applicant must:

  • be an all-season mountaineer with at least three years’ experience of roped mountaineering
  • have a good level of local area knowledge and live within one hour of Oggie Base by car
  • be familiar with sound rope work and be comfortable leading a ‘Diff’ grade traditional climb in boots with a laden rucksack
  • be able to scramble un-roped in Grade 1 terrain in all conditions
  • be capable of climbing Grade I snow gullies and be proficient in simple winter belay methods
  • be a competent navigator using a map and compass in all conditions

Training and operations can be physically demanding, so a good level of physical fitness and stamina is also required. During the application process, the applicant’s ability to work as a team and take instruction will also be considered.

The Path to Full Team Membership

Every trainee is expected to complete the steps outlined below to become a full team member. This process takes between 12-18 months to complete.

  • Complete and submit an application form
  • Attend interview at base
  • Initial Hill Day
  • Training events and expected attendance levels
  • Final Hill Day

Initial application to join the Team

Applicants should download the application form for trainee membership. If you feel you fulfil the prerequisites detailed above, complete the form and return it to the Training Officer and the Secretary.


Those who submit a suitable application form and meet the prerequisites will be invited to Oggie Base for an interview with the Training Officer and another team member to get to know more about the team and trainee requirements and for the team to gather a bit more information about the candidate.

Initial Hill Day

The Committee will review applications and interview feedback, and where a candidate is deemed suitable, the Training Officer will contact you about arrangements for the Initial Hill Day. This is a day of activities with a couple of members of the team. It is designed for us to get to know each other, for you to find out more about the Team, to demonstrate your mountaineering skills, and for both to decide whether joining the Team is the way ahead.

Training events and expected attendance levels

Upon successful completion of the Initial Hill Day, you will be allocated a mentor to guide you through your traineeship. During the year, there are many training events on the Team calendar. These include:

  • Technical Rope Rescue
  • First Aid Training
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • Scottish Winter Training

Winter training

It is strongly recommended that as a trainee, your attendance is high to quickly become familiar with the general operations of the Team, and certain skills are required to be learned and demonstrated as part of the traineeship. A trainee team member is expected to attend 20% of the team’s callouts within their traineeship. Regular reviews will take place with mentors and the Training Officer to assess your progress and attendance at training and callouts, with clear goals to be achieved.

Final Hill Day

Upon completion of the traineeship requirements, you will be invited to participate in a Final Hill Day. This test is intended to verify that you have the core mountain search and rescue skills required for full team membership.

Technical Rope Rescue