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Coast Search and Rescue searching for a little help

Coast Search and Rescue searching for a little help

jane macdonald sarRoyal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) needs your help on the Coast. Consider joining a diverse team of volunteers and marine enthusiasts who like to learn new skills while serving their local community. RCMSAR is a volunteer organization with the mission 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.

Crew members are trained to respond to any sort of marine emergencies and/or help in areas such as administration, vessel maintenance, fund-raising and boating safety/education. Society volunteers assist with boat safety education, community outreach, fundraising and events.  Becoming a crew member of RCMSAR means a commitment of time and energy for training, being on call, and contributing to a variety of projects and ongoing tasks. A pre-requisite for all new recruits is a valid Pleasure Craft Operators Certificate (PCOC).  Ongoing training is provided both on the water and in the classroom at no personal cost, and is a requirement for maintaining crew status. 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 corporate contributions, foundations, municipal and regional grants, and private donations remain necessary for maintaining the vessels and ancillary equipment needed to operate safely in all sea conditions. This year, the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation and private donors established an endowment, the Marine Rescue Agency Fund, to support all three RCMSAR stations on the Coast.  Donations cover the costs of crew gear and clothing, training, and the equipment on board vessels. Our rescue vessels are modern, well-equipped, purpose-built, rigid-hull inflatables that are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

On Monday, September 18, RCMSAR (Station 12) in Sechelt / Halfmoon Bay will be hosting an Open House & Recruiting Fair at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt, 5-8pm. Station representatives from Gibsons (14) and Pender Harbour (61) will also be available for any interested volunteers.

If you are interested in joining RCMSAR, please email:, or call 604-885-7069.  Website:

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