Being a member of RCM-SAR is one of the most rewarding volunteer roles there is.  You will be part of a dedicated, professional team that is carrying on a proud 150-year tradition of volunteer lifeboats in British Columbia.  By joining us, you will save lives.

Our volunteer program is designed to match your interests, skills, and availability.  Positions range from active search and rescue crew to shore-based SAR prevention, maintenance, and fundraising roles.


We are actively seeking support crew to sit on our board of Directors at the Sunshine Coast Marine Rescue Society. These are all the people behind the scenes who keep our vessels funded and our equipment up to date. They apply for grants, run the Sunshine Coast Marine Rescue Society as well as manage finances and organize fundraising. If you have any special skills such as business, accounting, event planning, community relations, experience in grant writing and a fun attitude and want to volunteer with like minded people – then this is for you!! Meetings are once a month and then some behind the scenes planning during special events and grant season! We’d love to hear from you!


Being an active search and rescue crew member is an exciting, challenging and rewarding role but is not for everyone. You will be paged in the middle of the night and respond to emergencies in weather and sea conditions that most mariners avoid.  You will be called on to navigate in fog and darkness, operate a rescue vessel in wind and waves, safely handle tow lines and other gear, use your first aid skills, follow orders and give orders.

But if you have the character and commitment, we will give you all the tools, training and support you need to succeed as a search and rescue crew member.  The men and women who take on this task say the rewards of saving a life on the water are beyond measure.

You are:

  • 19 years old or older
  • Physically fit
  • Mature and reliable
  • Available to be on call and remain near a rescue vessel as part of a rotation schedule
  • A team player
  • A good communicator

You will:

  • Be available on call
  • Acquire the necessary certifications for your crew level.
  • Attend weekly station meetings and events
  • Support your station’s community and fundraising activities
  • Support the larger RCM-SAR team across the region
  • Be committed to excellence in search and rescue service to the public

 We provide:

  • A team of women and men who will support your training goals and membership needs
  • Excellent marine  search and rescue training including:
    • Pleasure Craft Operators Certificate
    • Radio Operators Certificate
    • Standard First Aid with CPR C
    • First Responder
    • RCM-SAR’s own comprehensive training program, including the Coxswain Leadership simulated electronic navigation training in our own fast rescue craft simulator
    • The latest personal safety equipment
    • The opportunity to work with other dedicated search and rescue crew members
    • The opportunity to crew on sophisticated search and rescue fast response vessels
    • Group insurance coverage


You are:

  • Willing to offer your time and skills to support your local RCM-SAR Station.

You will:

  • Help your local rescue station with shore-based activities that support the safety of the search and rescue crews and maintain the readiness of the station to respond to emergencies
  • Provide support in these or other areas:
    • Maintenance
    • Fundraising
    • Administration
    • Finance
    • Public Relations
    • Event Planning

We provide:

  • A rewarding volunteer environment and an enthusiastic and supportive team dedicated to saving lives on the water

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