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.
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 for Membership form. If you would like to know what we expect of trainees please see OVMRO Trainee Membership Requirements.
- Initial application to join the Team
- Initial Hill Day
- Training events and expected attendance levels
- Final hill test
Prerequisites For Trainee Membership
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.
You will also need to live within 45 minutes travelling time of OVMRO’s base in the Ogwen Valley.
Initial application to join the Team
Please note that the team has an Equal Opportunity Policy.
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.