December 15, 2017 Saving Lives on the Water!

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

paul13Being 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.

You are:

  • 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

You will:

  • 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.

 We provide:

  • A team of men and women who will support your training goals and membership needs.
  • Excellent marine and search and rescue training, including a range of Transport Canada certifications, including:
    • Pleasure Craft Operators Certificate
    • Radio Operators Certificate
    • Marine Advanced First Aid
    • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency
    • RCM-SAR’s own comprehensive training program, including the SARNAV 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

preventionYou are:

  • Committed to educating the public about boating safety.
  • Available to promote boating safety at public events, local marinas, and on the water.

You will:

  • Provide your energy and expertise in promoting boating safety.

We provide:

  • Educational materials and equipment to help you promote your boating safety message.

Supporting Member

supportingYou are:

  • Willing to offer your time and skills to support your local RCM-SAR Station.

You will:

  • 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:
    • Maintenance
    • Fundraising
    • Administration
    • Finance
    • Public Relations
    • Event Planning

We provide:

  • A rewarding volunteer environment and an enthusiastic and supportive team dedicated to saving lives on the water.

Junior Member

You are:

  • A person between the ages of 16-19 with an interest in boating and search and rescue

You will:

  • Learn marine safety skills
  • Help promote boating safety
  • Learn about SAR

We provide:

  • A rewarding volunteer environment and an enthusiastic and supportive team dedicated to saving lives on the water.

Apply Now!

Thank you for applying! There are two ways to apply. You can fill out the form below or contact your local RCM-SAR station.. Note that stations have differing recruiting needs and criteria, including response times to rescue vessels when you are on call. They will be happy to talk to you about their requirements and application procedure. For general information you can contact the RCM-SAR Regional Office at or 1 800 665-4757

  • Please select the Station in your area. If you are not sure just select "Not Sure"
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