The Outdooractive Program for Search & Rescue Teams
We support the valuable work of the many and often voluntary helpers of all search and rescue organizations worldwide by providing Outdooractive Pro service free of charge. We deliver free national mapping agency topographic maps to members of search and rescue teams across the world. Additionally, SAR teams get access to helpful Pro features for safer and more efficient work outdoors.
You will find all details about the program here.
Explore the maps & features
Best available official Topo-maps and the unique Outdooractive map
Offline usage for maps and routes
Buddy Beacon to visualize the locations of the peers
Smart Watch extension for iOS and android
3D maps view
Up-to-date avalanche reports with warning levels
Slope gradient map
Coordinates support for DD, DMS, UTM and what3words
Topographic maps are provided by the official surveying authorities. Due to how precise the mapping of landforms is (e.g. by contour lines, shading, and specific symbols), topographic maps provide a particularly realistic picture of the terrain.
The Outdooractive map is based on official geodata. We offer a defined and prepared route network for many activities as well as relevant tourist information from our partners delivering reliable route planning.
Our digital trail networks provide you with an accurate virtual overview of the official trails that have been marked out for your sport. Take advantage of viewing their layout and calculate the route that suits you best.
The Notices and Closures feature informs you of the conditions of trails as well as some dangers. We also provide information on routes and areas that have been closed. This data is constantly updated, making you aware of the most current information available before heading out.
Having signal coverage and internet connection in remote areas is never a sure thing. It is usually in these remote places that we have the greatest need to check our location. This problem is solved with the offline maps feature on our app.
what3words is a really simple way to communicate location. Every 3m square in the world has been given a unique 3 word address that will never change. The order and composition of the words is unique, easy to read, share and use.
Slope angles play a key role when planning your alpine or winter activities. The steeper the terrain, the greater the risk of an accident or an avalanche. We aim to help you assess the risk by providing colour coded slope angles on some of our maps for Western Europe.
Trips in the Alpine regions require a high level of preparation. In order to enjoy your outdoor activities as safely as possible, it is critical you stay informed about the weather conditions and dangers, which is why we include official data from regional avalanche warning systems on our maps.
Setting up your team
Setting up the team from scratch might not be necessary. This applies...
If your team members are already registered with Outdooractive as Pro users, in which case the team admin can set everything up on behalf of everyone else.
If your team was previously registered in Viewranger. In this case please contact support via this link by clicking on "Submit a request" at the bottom of the page.
How does the sign up work in detail?
Register yourself and your SAR team with a Outdooractive MyBusiness
Please fill in all required fields and select "Search and Rescue Team" as the description of your organization.
Activate your account via email.
For the quickest activation
Under the tab "Description" add your team's contact information, social media profiles, homepage and a short description of your SAR team.
Upload your SAR team logo under "Brand and Design".
We will confirm your official SAR Team account, then you will get administrator rights. (Times vary based on workload)
Once you have created and finished your SAR team profile, publish it!
Add your team members to your SAR group (Also described in the 7 min video below)
As soon as you have received the administrator role, you can independently "Create Users" for your team members. Where you can then assign them one of the 15 free Pro licenses.
Note that you cannot create a user with an email that is currently being used for an Outdooractive account. (one email = one account)
Create a user with a different email for that member.
The member must accept your invitation by email.
The member can "Merge" the user accounts and change the email (if they prefer the original email).
If have used all of your licenses and require more please contact support (Once logged into Mybusiness the bottom left under "Help")
What you agree to in return
That you give the free Pro licenses including the map licenses only to bona fide members of the organization.
That Outdooractive is allowed to mention your organization in its marketing materials, on its website and is allowed to place the logo of your SAR team on the Search and Rescue landing page of the Outdooractive website.
Outdooractive reserves the right to reject license requests without giving reasons, especially if it believes that licenses are being granted to non-members or that the program is being abused in any way.
Sign up your SAR team today to benefit from all the maps and features out in the field!