Station #25 – Gulf Islands
Station 25 is based in Vesuvius Harbour on the west side Salt Spring Island, the largest of the Southern Gulf Islands. The unit operates an open Titan 249 RHIB and has 20 active members, including an active junior program.
Co-trainings with Gulf Islands LANDSAR and neighbouring units are held on a regular basis. Station 25 has also trained with local floatplane operation Salt Spring Air, as well as pacing and towing with the Canadian Coast Guard, both based in Ganges Harbour. In addition to SAR, Station 25 runs boating safety programs for the local school district, courtesy safety checks for the local marine community and assists the Gulf Islands Wildlife Centre in transporting injured animals to care on Salt Spring Island.
The Gulf Islands offer some of the finest recreational boating in the world; protected waters, beautiful islands, significant tide and current action and many charted hazards. The area of operation includes Saanich inlet to the south, west of Salt Spring and up to Gabriola Island in the north, the north end of Trincomali channel and the Georgia Straight on the east side of Galiano and Valdes Islands.