Cave Rescue Service of Slovenia / Speleological Association of Slovenia organizes an International Cave Rescue exercise in Skalarjevo brezno in the period from September 28th to 30th 2018. Cave rescue services – ERCRA members are welcome to participate this International exercise.


28th – 30th  September 2018

The first participants will start to arrive on Friday, September 28th in the afternoon, the rest are expected to arrive until 09:00 on Saturday, when the exercise is planned to begin in operation phase.


Meeting point for the participants will be at sport airport Bovec. Active Participants are expected to arrive by Saturday morning at 09:00.

The exercise will take place in a cave Skalarjevo brezno, which is accessible by helicopter and 30 min of walking.

 Exercise goals

  • extract the victim from depth of 900 m
  • assess readiness of the teams for extraction
  • assess the ability of international teams to work together focusing on organization, logistics, etc.
  • improve the ability of international teams to work together
  • assess the ability of the team leaders to select the appropriate equipment and its quantity for the assigned part of the cave
  • assess inter- and intra-team work
  • improve organization of logistics during a prolonged activity

This exercise is unique opportunity to test international cave rescue collaboration of many services that is necessary in the case of accident in big and deep cave.

Do not hesitate to sign in your Cave Rescue Unit and became a part of this experience.

Plan of activity


afternoon arrival and accommodation


from 09:00      formation of teams and distribute equipment


until 12:00       extract the victim

until 18:00       analysis and departure

Accommodation, food

Place to put up tents will be available at airport Bovec and on the top of mountain Kanina (near the cave entrance). A few big tents will also be available.

The following meals will be provided for the participants:

  • Friday: dinner
  • Saturday: sandwiches for the cave
  • Sunday: sandwiches and lunch/dinner

Registration data

Every member state (ECRA member’s organization) can register up to 7 team members – rescuers. We expect your registration until Sep 10th 2018 to one of the contact e-mails.

Each organization must take care of accident insurance for their participants as it will not be covered by the organizers.

The required personal details of the participants are:





Participating as: cave rescue or management team

Vegetarian or not


The required equipment is the personal caving equipment including SRT equipment. Common equipment such as ropes and rescue equipment will be provided from organizers side.


All participants agree to act safely and adhere to instructions of the organizers.

Cave map

Map of Skalarjevo brezno cave
Map of Skalarjevo brezno cave

Location & instruction for meeting point

All other important information will follow in near future. If there are any questions do not hesitate to contact us.


Marko Erker (, +386 51 344 416)

Marko Zakrajšek (, +386 51 630 680)

Best regards,
Ljubljana, 20.8.2018
Head of Cave Rescue Service:
Walter Zakrajšek

Head of Cave Search and Rescue Slovenia:
Maks Merela

Photos from the Skalarjevo brezno cave

Invitation to International Cave Rescue Exercise in Skalarjevo brezno 2018, Slovenia