BECOME A MEMBER
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.
SEARCH AND RESCUE CREW
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.
You will work in a dangerous environment. You will be coming to the aid of people who are frightened, confused, or injured. Some missions involve tragedy and death.
In other words you need to be skilled, brave, and tough.
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.
- 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
- Be available on call
- Acquire the necessary certifications for your crew level.
- Attend 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.
- A team of women and men who will support your training goals and membership needs.
- Excellent marine search and rescue training, including a range of Transport Canada certifications, including:
- Pleasure Craft Operators Certificate
- Radio Operators Certificate
- First Responder
- Small Vessel Operator Proficiency
- 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.
SAR PREVENTION MEMBER
- Committed to educating the public about boating safety.
- Available to promote boating safety at public events, local marinas, and on the water.
- Provide your energy and expertise in promoting boating safety.
- Educational materials and equipment to help you promote your boating safety message.
- Willing to offer your time and skills to support your local RCM-SAR Station.
- 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:
- Public Relations
- Event Planning
- A rewarding volunteer environment and an enthusiastic and supportive team dedicated to saving lives on the water.