The 13th European Cave Rescue Meeting is going to take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 14th to 17th  November 2019.

International collaboration will be the focus.

This meeting is organized by the Speleological Federation of Turkey (Mağara Kurtarma Komisyonu – Cave Rescue Commission, Turkey) on behalf of the European Cave Rescue Organization.

Please, fulfilled the registration form for the 13th European Cave Rescue Meeting.
Deadline for registration is 7th November 2019.
First Circular for the 13th European Cave Rescue Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey 2019, in pdf format.


After the extraordinary big event in the last year we will have again a smaller but balanced framework for our meeting.

The program offers workshops on technical topics, passage widening, a diving exercise and last but not least a round table discussing the future of international collaboration.

Soon more information will be available. Pease visit our website or send us an email on

Please note the date for ECRA meeting in your diary!
We are looking forward to meet you in Istanbul.

The Organizing Committee


Date / Time Session Duration
Thu, 14.11.2019 Arrival
Fri, 15.11.2019

Day 1

9:00-9:15 Opening
Dinko NOVOSEL, President
9:15 – 12:00 Cave Search and Rescue Modul
Workshop, Maks MERELA / SLO-JRS
How is a team sent?
12:00 – 13:30 — Lunch 1:30
13:30 – 15:30 13 International cave rescue network
Round Table
15:30 – 16:00 — Break 0:30
16:00 – 17:30 Important cave rescue operations
Presentations by the members
each member presents their material, national legislation, frame conditions
18:00 – 19:00 — Dinner 1:00
Sat, 16.11.2019

Day 2

9:00 – 12:00 Practical Efficiency
Technical Workshop, Giuseppe CONTI, Tech. Comm.
9:00 – 16:00 Diving Exercise
Robert ANZIC / Diving Commission
12:00 – 13:30 — Lunch 1:30
13:30 – 15:30 Enlarging passages
Workshop, Werner ZAGLER / Xpl0s!vs Committee
15:30 – 16:00 — Break 0:30
16:00 – 17:00 Rescue experience in a water cave
Presentation, Andrew MUNOZ / CAN
17:00 – 19:00 GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2:00
19:00 – 20:00 — Dinner 1:00
20:00 – 24:00 — Party – Party – Party  
Sun, 17.11.2019 Departure


Istanbul, Boğaziçi University South Campus

Meeting Location: Big meeting room
Exercise area: Fire Tower

The event locations are close together and can be reached within a few minutes.

Participation fee and accommodation

The participation fee is 50 EUR and can be paid during registration of participants.

The participation fee includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner during the ECRA meeting. 

Official Language

The official language of the European Cave Rescue Meeting 2019 is English.
No simultaneous translation will be provided.


All presentations must be written in English.
The presentations must be provided one week before the meeting to


No visa is required from citizens of the European countries. Please consult the Turkish Embassy in your country if in doubt. If needed, the participants can request a letter of Invitation by e-mail:

Arrival and Departure

By plane, train, Bus or private.



Pre-meeting Program

12 November 2019

Aksu Caving Trip

The transportation will be by a rented bus. 15 minute walk on a muddy trail to reach the entrance of the cave. Bus departs at 06.00 a.m. from the campus of Bogazici University, will return to campus approximately at 10.00 p.m.

● The bus will be rented after the exact number of people and the price will be announced.

Cave Attributes
● +121 m high
● Requires basic climbing skills
● 896 m long
● Wet (a few places need walking in more than waist-deep lakes)
● Good spots to take photos

● SRT Equipment
● Dry clothes to change into afterwards

13 November 2019

Cultural Trip

09:00 Gathering at Blue Mosque Square & Hippodrome Trip
09:30-10:30 Hagia Sophia
10 :30-12:30 Topkapı Palace
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:00 Basilica Cistern
14:00-15:30 Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar
15:30-17:30 Bosphorus Boat Tour


  • Hagia Sophia & Topkapı Palace: 72 ₺
  • Basilica Cistern Ticket: 20 ₺
  • Special Boat (850 ₺ + tax per boat) / Public Boat: 25 ₺ per person (one of the options will be decided)

Accommodation (Overnight stays, part of the Pre-meeting Program)

We recommend hotel Etiler Uygulama Oteli, relatively close to the meeting place. The hotel provides breakfast. Single room 160 lira (25 €), double room 210 lira (40 €). Early bookers have better chances.

Photos from Etiler Uygulama Oteli

Address of Uygulama Oteli: Akat Mahallesi Nisbetiye Cad. No:33 Koç Köprüsü Yanı Etiler Beşiktaş İstanbul

Phone of Uygulama Oteli:  +90 212 352 21 00 / +90542 322 26 70

Further hotels in about 2-3 km distance for about 40-50 € per night can be found on

Please book yourself.

Organizing committee

Emre Can GUZEL
Responsible, Speleological Federation of Turkey,
SFT, Turkey

President of ECRA, Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, HGSS, Croatia

Vice President of ECRA, The National Alpine Cliff and Cave Rescue Corps, CNSAS, Italy

General Secretary of ECRA, Austrian Cave Rescue Association, ÖHR, Austria

Giuseppe CONTI
Chairperson of Technical commission of ECRA
National Alpine Cliff and Cave Rescue Corps, CNSAS, Italy

Chairperson of Medical commission of ECRA
Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, HGSS, Croatia

Robert ANZIC
Chairperson of Cave-diving commission of ECRA
Cave Rescue Service of Slovenia, JRS, Slovenia

Responsible for ECRA web visibility
Cave Rescue Bulgaria, CRB, Bulgaria


Dinko NOVOSEL, President
E-mail:, Phone: +385 91 517 94 31

Alberto UBERTINO, Vice President
E-mail:, Phone: +39 335 600 90 58

Kurt Dennstedt, General Secretary
E-mail:, Phone: +43 680 230 00 25

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