RCM-SAR has a comprehensive training program for its rescue crews, the cornerstone of this program being the world's first accurate simulator for Fast Response Craft (FRC). The RCM-SAR continues to develop this technology, and here describes its present status.
The simulator runs with the latest simulator software from Transas. This software gives a very clear picture of the simulated areas, including realistic seas and vessels represented which exist in real life. Included in the software is a special Search and Rescue module, including the ability to fire flares, AIS, Radio Direction Finding, searchlights, broken down vessels, life rafts, MOBs, SARTs, and our very own Search and Rescue Vessel Model to operate.
In addition there is also a Titan 249 Pilot, fitted out to match the simulator, to train on the water as a follow up to work in the simulator.
After some serious thought and to welcome the new changes, the training structure for all members have been updated as well. Essentially there are now 2 four day courses, allowing allowed us to develop many areas of skills and knowledge, making the training as comprehensive as possible.
This immersive simulator includes: an accurate mathematical modeling of vessel motion and a mock-up of an actual FRC cabin, complete with real vessel controls and equipment for a truly realistic experience. Also, detailed graphical models of the vessel and target vessels operate in a representation of many different exercise area including Victoria to Sidney, Vancouver and Broken Islands ocean environment. These areas include accurate depths, buoys, lights, and charted information. A 270 degree surround projection system displays the environment, and environmental parameters are controlled by the instructor. Completing the immersive experience is a 5 speaker sound system providing simulated engine and environmental noise.