Welcome to Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue
We are the charity that saves lives on the water.
Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue is an all-volunteer organization that operates more than 40 marine rescue stations on the British Columbia coast and in the B.C. Interior. From Vancouver’s busy harbour to the remote waters of the North Coast, our volunteer crews are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ready to respond to marine emergencies.
We are a key part of the marine search and rescue system, and we work in one of the most challenging search and rescue regions in the world. Our volunteers handle more than 600 marine emergencies every year. They stand ready to leave their jobs and their families on a moment’s notice to help people in trouble on the water – no matter how foul the weather or how rough the seas.
Our crews are highly trained, and equipped with specialized rescue vessels designed for the challenges of the West Coast.
You make this possible.
Most of the funding for this vital public safety service comes from generous donations from individuals, companies, and community grants. Your contribution helps us keep up our training so we are safe and effective. It helps keep our boats at the ready and our equipment ship-shape. And it helps us spread our boating safety message to children and families.