Join the Team

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.

New members


Technical training

The team is very busy so we are always on the lookout for new members. If you live in the area, have winter and summer mountaineering experience and are willing to volunteer then download and complete our application form.

  • Initial application to join the Team
  • Initial Hill Day
  • Training events and expected attendance levels
  • Final hill test

Prerequisites For Trainee Membership

Winter training

Winter training

OVMRO provides training in specific search and rescue skills. It does NOT provide training in mountaineering. To be accepted as a Trainee Member it is essential that the applicant is an active, all-seasons mountaineer with at least three years experience of general mountaineering. A good level of local area knowledge is essential. The Applicant must be familiar with basic rope-work and be capable of climbing a ‘Diff’ in boots. In addition, the Applicant must be capable of climbing Grade I snow gullies and be proficient in simple winter belay methods. Training and operations can be physically demanding so a good level of physical fitness and stamina is required.

Initial application to join the Team

Applicants should download the application form for trainee membership. If you feel that you fulfil the basic requirements then complete the form and return to the Training Officer or the Secretary.

Initial Hill Day

The Training Officer will contact you about arrangements for the Initial Hill Day. This day is an informal day out with a member of the team. It is designed for us to ‘get-to-know’ each other, for you to find out more about the Team and for both to decide whether joining the Team is the way ahead.

Training events and expected attendance levels

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

It is strongly recommended that as a trainee your attendance is high to quickly become familiar with the general operations of the Team. Failure to attend training events and to start integrating with the Team will be considered at periodic reviews. You will be allocated a mentor during your probation period.

Final hill test

This test is intended to verify that you have the core set of mountain search and rescue skills required for full team membership.