Mission Statement

Saving lives on the water

Reduce the number and severity of SAR incidents.

Promote marine safety.

Support the Canadian Coast Guard & the JRCC.

Provide a humanitarian service.

Maintain the highest professional standards and

Promote dedication and pride of membership.

Have fun and meet like minded individuals.


First of all, most funding for this vital public safety service comes from donations by individuals, companies, and community grants. Your contributions helps us keep up our training, hence we stay safe and effective. It assists in keeping our boats at the ready and our equipment ship-shape. It also helps us spread our boating safety message to children and families consequently keeping you safer.

Our Purpose

We save lives on the water

RCM-SAR Station 12 is a key part of the marine rescue system on the West coast. We serve lower sunshine coast communities, providing round-the-clock rescue on the water. As a result, in an average year we respond to more than 35 marine emergencies. These include sinking vessels, injured mariners, lost or disoriented boaters, recreational paddlers and shoreline searches.

We assist commercial mariners, recreational boaters and the general public through our search and rescue service as well as our boating safety programs.

Our vessels

The Ken Moore and the Lewis McPhee at Sutton Island

RCM-SAR stations use a range of rigid hull inflatable boats. A well-proven platform for marine SAR, these vessels provide a safe, maneuverable and fast response platform.

The Ken Moore is Station 12’s Zodiac 753 Hurricane, built in Delta B.C. This vessel is powered by 2 Yamaha 4 stroke 175 hp engines, seats 5 crew and is located in Secret Cove poised to service the Salish Sea and Malaspina Straight.

The Lewis McPhee is a Zodiac 733 powered by 2 Yamaha 4 stroke 150 engines. It seats 3 and is located in Porpoise Bay ready to service the Sechelt, Salmon and Narrows Inlets.

How we are funded

RCM-SAR 12 (Sunshine Coast Marine Rescue Society) is a Registered Charity in British Columbia. Our funding comes from several sources:

We are careful stewards of the funding received to support our volunteers. We are very proud of our track record as an efficient, effective non-profit organization. Our audited financial statements are available in our annual report.

How we fit

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue is the volunteer lifeboat service on the West Coast. Working alongside other agencies we respond to on-water emergencies with the Canadian Coast Guard, police, and fire departments and ground SAR. RCM-SAR handles about a third of marine emergencies on the West Coast.  In many places, the RCM-SAR station is the first marine emergency responder.

Joint training with Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue and their search dog Echo

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Victoria tasks us when there is an emergency. They are operated by the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard.  Once our vessels are underway, crews keep in touch with JRCC through Coast Guard radio dispatchers at MCTS Victoria. We resolve incidents independently or work with other agencies on the water.

RCM-SAR Organization

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue is a charity that saves lives on the water.  We serve coastal and lake communities in British Columbia with year round rescue service.

In an average year we assist more than 700 people.

We maintain a network of about 1,000 volunteers and 42 Rescue Stations.

60 dedicated SAR vessels serve some of the busiest waterways and rugged coastline in the world.


We are members of the International Maritime Rescue Federation and part of an international community of volunteer lifeboat organizations. Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in the U.K, the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM), the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS), and the Danish Sea Rescue Society (DSRS) are some examples of our international partners.

Through conferences and crew exchange programs, we share best practices with other organizations and promote the importance of marine search and rescue services.