More information on each course is available via the buttons on left.

Weekend courses run from approx 7pm on the Friday evening, through to Sunday afternoon.

Training Courses 2018/2019

Search Management, Moness Resort – 16th – 18th November 2018
Designed for team members who wish to learn or develop their understanding of search management.

The aim of this course is to train team members in missing persons search management techniques within a Scottish Mountain Rescue context. This course introduces established best practice recognised by multi agencies and additionally provides appreciation of police requirements in relation to search standards.

Digital Mapping, Moness Resort – 16th – 18th November 2018
Designed for those team members who wish to learn the use of Scottish Mountain Rescue mapping software known as Mountain Map – and how it integrates with search management techniques.
Avalanche Companion, Glenmore Lodge – 18th – 19th January 2019
This course will focus on the key issues of avalanche hazard evaluation and the essential team skill of companion rescue with transceivers.
Avalanche Companion, Glenmore Lodge – 19th – 20th January 2019
This course will focus on the key issues of avalanche hazard evaluation and the essential team skill of companion rescue with transceivers.
Avalanche Rescue, Braemar – 8th-10th February 2019
The Avalanche Rescue course is suited to rescue team members who have completed the Avalanche Companion course. Alternatively participants should understand the basics of avalanche hazard assessment and risk reduction. Candidates should be able to perform a transceiver search and companion rescue of a single buried victim.

There are two key aspects to this course.

1. Further avalanche hazard awareness and risk reduction, especially under the pressures of a multi-burial organised rescue operation

2. The location, extraction and treatment of multiple avalanche victims following long duration burial

Winter Rigging, Carrbridge – 22nd – 24th February 2019
Designed for those team members who can effectively operate without protection on winter Grade I terrain, and have completed the SMR Rigging Practitioner course. The programme will refresh, up-date and improve your practical winter technical rigging knowledge and rescue skills in the field.
Wellbeing, Tulliallan – 22nd-24th February 2019
As volunteer responders we all want to stay safe and stay well, and those around us also play a key part in this: our families, our teams and national organisations. We know that staying safe and staying well can be challenged by the tasks we are often asked to perform or the incidents we are exposed to during incidents for a variety of reasons. The impacts can be wide-ranging and there are ways to deal with these.

The workshop will give an opportunity to gain a mix of skills, information, and discussion on the topics associated with the wellbeing and resilience of volunteer responders. It will offer a forum to share experiences and learn from peers; it will provide examples and pathways to support resources. We will describe and then discuss the UKSAR Wellbeing Framework and the key elements of the individual, the family, the team and the organisation. Using the framework, we will explore how teams could use this in a structured approach to developing appropriate wellbeing practice to suit local circumstances.

Booking Notes

Course Fees

These courses are fully subsidised for all voluntary Scottish Mountain Rescue members.  Other organisations may apply and successful applications will incur a course fee set at cost price.

To ensure a quality of training most course bookings include accommodation (B&B).  All we ask you to cover is your lunches and evening meals.

To ensure a high level of attendance teams will be invoiced a £80 for each ‘no show’ team member.

Registration & Booking

Course bookings should ideally be done by the team through the Training Officer.  Please email your booking to 

T: 01479 861373

Booking emails should include following: Team Name, Member Names, Member email address, Course, Course Date and dietary preferences  – confirmation email will be sent.

Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003