How to Join Cave Rescue

SMWCRT welcomes applications from cavers who would like to join the Team and feel that they are able to contribute to cave rescue in South and Mid Wales on an ongoing basis. We welcome applications from anyone who is interested, on the understanding that attendance at rescue practices and training events is expected of team members when they are available to participate.


We are also looking for people who can spare some time to help with fundraising and surface support duties. Cave Rescue is not all about what goes on underground. A number of roles are open to non cavers, helping with control and administration during rescues and incidents. Catering, for example is important. A major rescue can involve over 150 Team members for 2 or 3 days, many of whom will have responded to an emergency call in the early hours of the morning. Although most Team members maintain a "Call Out" pack containing basic emergency rations, they are not usually prepared for an extended stay, so a team of cooks and drivers is often kept busy fuelling the rescue. 



If you wish to be included on the Call Out Register, either as a caver or in a supporting role, you should fill in a registration form. You will be asked to provide the name of a Proposer that we can contact should we need to. If you are having trouble finding a suitable Proposer, do get in touch with us by telephone or email to discuss other ways to support your application.


Your application will be reviewed by the SMWCRT Executive Committee and a decision will be communicated to you within a few weeks of receipt of your application.


There are three ways to apply:

-        Complete the application through our online application process – HERE

-        Fill in the Word Form and return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – the Word form is HERE

-        Download and complete the PDF Form and send it to the SMWCRT Secretary, whose postal address is on the form, or by scanning and emailing it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – the PDF form is HERE


Additionally, Membership Application Forms can be found in the foyer of South Wales Caving Club at Penwyllt and Chelsea Speleological Society at Llangattock.



We look forward to receiving your application.