2017 Sunshine Coast Lions Club Sechelt Polar Bear Swim

Join the RCMSAR•12 team for “soup and rescue” at the annual Polar Bear Swim hosted by the Sunshine Coast Lions Club Sechelt

Soup and hot chocolate to warm your soul.

Registration starts at 11:00, swim at 12:00

The Lions Club has 5 group categories; Youth, Teen, Adult, Master, and Family. There are prizes for the top 3 in each category. There are t shirts available for purchase and there is a concession. Come on down for this annual coast tradition.

Lions Club Polar Bear Swim 2015, Sechelt, Sunshine Coast
Polar Bear Swim2015, Davis Bay

Search training

Training opportunities 

Training 10:48 Wed Dec 21, we departed Secret Cove boat house, at Welcome pass we met SE 15-25 knot winds, 3 feet seas with the occasional 5 footer. Peter H was at the helm , there was some wind driven spray come over the port side of the boat as we headed for the northwest side Merry Island, the lee side.

We relaxed for a few minutes, Peter H had done great job, maintained speed and kept the ride smooth, good on the sticks for heavy weather handling. At 11:20 Randal E took over, we were one cable off the shore and followed the west side of Merry Island passing the south cardinal buoy on our port heading towards Sargent’s Bay.

We got more involved with our electronics knowing there were Coast Guard vessels already involved. Our AIS search found the Cape Cockburn. It was a couple of miles out of Selma Park breakwater heading towards it. At 11:37 we headed towards Selma Park. As we approached we saw the Cape Cockburn and to aft what looked like a boat being towed. As we got closer we realized it was an orca. 12:00 The Cape Cockburn took the whale from a stern tow to an along side and moved closer to the shoreline. The Department of Fisheries had their RHIB there who took the hand off and moved the whale to the shore.

At 12:25 Sue B took over helm. Now we had following seas for the ride home, the wind had come down a bit . We had a great ride where Sue got to practice heavy weather handling. Back at the boat house at 12:08 it was a good day with a good team. Always good to practice what we know in more challenging situations.

Dave Brown, Coxswain

“The Sechelt Nation is very thankful for all the efforts that RCMSAR12 contributed today. Between DOF and the Cape Cockburn from French Creek it was towed to Selma Park breakwater..”

Peter Forster, Deputy Station Leader

Search and Rescue Dispatches

SCSAR Rope Rescue         October 10.2016


Preparing for the season of shorter days and colder nights, Search and Rescue (SAR) teams on the Sunshine Coast remain busy on land and on the water. Volunteer crews have responded to taskings, heeded the call to go back to school and welcomed new recruits to their stations.

In September, Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue assisted four hikers in the Chapman Creek area and a hiker who had fallen and injured an ankle on the Skookumchuck Trail.  In both instances, volunteers helped to guide or deliver lost or hurt adventurers to safety.  On Sept 25th, 34 local mountain bikers gathered  to race and express their thanks to the local Sunshine Coast Search & Rescue.  Winners of the BRAT Enduro were decided by a handicap scoring system based on the racer’s age.   This meant that fastest overall racers Magnus Manson and Katie Button conceded defeat to their elders; Bob Stanhope and Allison Lynch.  A fun time was had by all and $750 went to Search and Rescue.

Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue will be having an open house Saturday Nov. 5th from 1-4 PM at the John Hind Smith Hall (1975 Field Road-next to the SCRD building). The public is welcome to come view our operations and celebrate 40 years of serving the Sunshine Coast.

On the water, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue‘s Fall Recruiting Campaign brought forward over a dozen capable and enthusiastic new volunteers to commence training with our station in Halfmoon Bay/Sechelt.  New recruits will pursue both classroom theory and practical skill training, including Pleasure Craft Operators Certification, Local Area Knowledge, First Aid, Restricted Operator Course-Maritime and self rescue training over the upcoming Fall/Winter months.

Station 12 has been tasked with several Pan Pan calls, responding to a state of urgency but no immediate danger to anyone’s life or to vessels.  A recent night call involved a 22’ sailboat which had lost both rudder and power.  Thanks to concerned homeowners on shore who sent SOS signals off Trail Islands, the vessel and its two cold and scared owners were towed to a safe harbour.

The station and its society members are busy preparing for the upcoming Beer and Burger” fundraiser and silent auction at the Lighthouse Pub on Thursday, 5-9:00 p.m. November 3rd .  All members of the community are invited to join us for what promises to be a fun event!

By Jane Macdonald,

RCMSAR Station 12 Volunteer



Storm warning

Heavy Rain Forecast

The rain will start around 4pm and intensify this evening. The heaviest rain is expected later this evening between 8pm and 1am. Total rainfall amounts will be 40-55mm by 4am tomorrow morning with the heaviest amounts south of Sechelt.

In terms of wind, the hardest hit areas will be from Halfmoon Bay northwards. Strong SE winds of 60-80km/h will begin around 7pmand peak at 80-90km/h between 10pm and 1am. Note these are the sustained winds and gusts could reach up to 100km/h.

Given all the leaves still on the trees, there is an increased risk of tree breakage and storm drains being clogged.


Matt MacDonald
A/ Warning Preparedness Meteorologist
Prediction and Services Directorate – Operations West
Meteorological Services of Canada
Environment and Climate Change Canada (EC3)



Congratulations Mike on your recent completion of SAR Nav1.

Mike has been with RCM-SAR 12 for 4.5 years. In those years he has logged 196 hours of sea time, 238 hours training and numerous others helping with maintenance, community events and administration. This brings him to a total of 534 hours !

Thank you for your dedication.

Congratulations Mike Carson!


The Regional Office in East Sooke BC is the home of the RCM-SAR FAST RESCUE CRAFT SIMULATOR. Crews are trained and tested on this state-of-the-art vessel simulator.  It is a full-scale mock up of a rescue vessel, complete with navigation electronics, communications, and helm station.  Computer-generated scenery and sound create a highly realistic environment for teaching navigation and search and rescue skills.

Annual Beer and Burger Fundraiser

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 12 • Halfmoon Bay Annual Beer and Burger Fundraiser.

Please join us Thursday November 3, 2016 from 5pm-9pm

Door prize: 250$ ferry pass

50/50 and Silent Auction


Sponsors Display
Sponsors Display
John Wiseman & Alan Skelley
John Wiseman & Alan Skelley
Peter Forster
Peter Forster
Donations from our generous community for the silent auction
Donations from our generous community for the silent auction

SAR Dispatches – All Hands on Deck!

SAR Dispatches – All Hands on Deck!

By Jane Macdonald
RCM-SAR Station 12 Volunteer

September 5, 2016
Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue needs your help on the Coast. Consider joining a diverse team of volunteers and marine enthusiasts. RCM-SAR is a volunteer organization whose mission is to save lives on the water. We are looking for a range of skills and experience, for both active Crew positions and supporting Society volunteers.

Volunteers are trained to respond to any sort of marine emergencies. We also help in areas such as administration, vessel maintenance, fund-raising and boating safety/education. Becoming a crew member of RCM-SAR means a commitment of time and energy for training, being on call, and contributing to a variety of projects and ongoing tasks. Ongoing training is provided both on the water and in the classroom at no personal cost. This is a requirement for maintaining crew status.

Volunteer training includes skills such as boat handling, seamanship, navigation, radio operations, first aid, search and rescue, vessel electronics, and collision regulations.

As a non-government, not for profit organization, funds from BC Gaming Grants, corporate contributions, foundations, municipal and regional grants, and private donations remain necessary for maintaining the vessels. Donations have also paid for the crew gear and clothing. Training and life saving equipment on our vessels is also funded in the same way. The vessels are modern, well-equipped, purpose-built, rigid-hull inflatables that are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

On Thursday, September 15th,

RCMSAR Station 12  will be hosting an Open House & Recruiting Fair at the Seaside Centre from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
If you are interested in joining our team , please email: info@rcmsar12.org, or call 604-740-2799.


Recruitment Poster 2016
Volunteers Needed

Multiple taskings for RCM-SAR 12.

What a great weekend out on the water! Our crews were tasked 4 times to assist boaters in our area.

Tasking # 1LM 9 Mile Pt

We were tasked to locate 2 Stand Up Paddle boarders spotted off of Turnagain Island. It was a beautiful night, nice enough for an evening paddle. We searched the area and then headed over to Buccaneer Bay.

Our crew used FLIR (Forward Looking Infra Red which can detect body heat) as well as night vision googles. Huge thanks to the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation for last years grant to purchase a FLIR unit for each of our vessels. After searching Buccaneer Bay we headed over to McNaughton Pt. and begun a shoreline search towards Smuggler Cove. With great local knowledge we picked our way through the narrow entrance and rocky shoreline. Situational awareness, teamwork and closed loop communications are imperative during an effective search. Our new David Clarke wireless headsets allow us to stay in constant communication with our team and Victoria Coast Guard Radio seamlessly. After  few hours of searching we called VCGR and informed them of our status, they stood us down and we proceeded back to base.

Tasking #2

Early Sunday morning we were tasked to attend to an injured boater. We were on scene at 0915. A vessel of opportunity got there first and gave the injured man some water. Our first responder attended to the patient with skill and concern. The injured man wanted was brought back to his camp and re united with his belongings.

Another day of great teamwork by Station 12…

Tasking #3

Volunteer with Station 12
We were tasked to find a 25 ft Boston Whaler that was adrift. Proceeding to the area we performed a quick search but no 25 ft Whaler was found. After contacting the reporting party we received a more detailed description and found a 17 ft Boston Whaler tied up to a log boom.
Victoria requested that we tow it to the Government Dock and then we stood down.

Tasking #4

As we headed over to the paddle festival the radio came alive again and we were tasked to a vessel taking on water. No one was on board and it had about a foot of water inside the stern that was partially submerged. No signs of oil or fuel leaks so again we stood down.

Our mission is to save lives on the water, we thank you for your support.

Volunteers Needed

1695 SAR Recruit poster 16.inddHelp us help others.

Weather as duty crew on a fast response craft or as a supporting member in our Society, consider volunteering with RCM-SAR 12.

Station 12 and the Sunshine Coast Marine Rescue Society are currently looking for new members. Training, camaraderie and experience on the water are just a few of the benefits our members enjoy.

The 2016 Active Duty Crew training program begins soon. New Crew interviews and orientation will be held in late September. Classroom and on-the-water training begins in October.

The Sunshine Coast Marine Rescue Society raoses funds and awareness for Station 12. The Society is looking for accounting, event planning, public engagement and education skills.

Please attend our open house on Thursday, September 15th from 6-8pm at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt.


Life rings installed at docks

Life RingAn initiative was launched by the RCM-SAR Station 12 to
install a life ring at the pier in Davis Bay. After overwhelming support from the District of Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast Regional District. nine more rings will be installed at nine other beaches.

“We kept waiting for someone to install a life ring on that pier. Since it was just encouraging more and more young swimmers to swim off that beautiful new dock,” said RCM-SAR volunteer Jane MacDonald. “ That never really happened.”

In the event of an emergency, it would take RCM-SAR about 30-40 minutes to get to the scene.

“There’s a really, really hot summer coming, and if I were a kid I would be jumping off all those docks and piers,” MacDonald said. “Can we just make sure we have safety equipment?”

In addition to Davis Bay, life rings will be going in on wharves and docks in Porpoise Bay, Secret Cove, Halfmoon Bay, Trail Bay, Whiskey Slough and Pender Harbour.Life Ring (2)

– See more about this story on the Coast Reporter Newspaper.