Station #27 – Nanaimo
RCMSAR Station 27 is located in beautiful Nanaimo, centrally located on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Our convenient location at Brechin Boat Launch allows easy access to our local waters, with our typical response area being from Nanoose Bay south to Dodd Narrow, Silva Bay and beyond.
Nanaimo is home to kayakers, divers, a very active dragon boating community, boaters, as well as many campers and hikers who travel to our surrounding islands. Sailors enjoy the challenging races that take place around Nanaimo, including the Van Isle 360 and the Southern Straits Yacht Race. In addition,
Nanaimo is home to two ferry terminals and three float plane bases. Station 27 strives to provide the highest standard of emergency response in this vibrant and active marine community.
Station 27 originated in the early 1990’s with a handful of local boaters/divers. In 1992, a fatal marine accident raised awareness of the need for a trained fast response unit. With a Boston Whaler donated by the City of Nanaimo, the small group became part of the City’s Emergency Program, and in 1998, formed the non-profit Nanaimo Marine Rescue Society.
Thanks to the vision and hard work of its dedicated members, in 2002, Station 27 was able to purchase a Titan 249 RHI Delta style open vessel with twin 200 hp engines. By 2008, the Station built a 2 boat Rescue Station at Brechin Boat Launch. With a further desire to continue to improve our capabilities, and with great support from our community, we were able to acquire our newest vessel, an enclosed cabin Falkins Class Jet Boat RHI, in 2010.
In order to keep our Station and members SAR ready 365 days a year, we strive to challenge ourselves through training opportunities. Some of our partners in training and taskings have included Nanaimo Ground SAR, RCMP, Nanaimo Port Authority, BC Ferries, Canadian Coast Guard, and our neighbouring RCMSAR Stations. Nanaimo has also been involved in several larger scale SAREX events.
Station 27 is an Integral part of the community and our 45 members are involved in community events like the Boat Show, the Nanaimo Marine Festival and Bath Tub Races, the First Nations Tribal Journey, the Dragon boat Festival, parades and fireworks events, and many Nanaimo Yacht Club events.
Another of our mandates is to encourage Safe Boating in our area. We conduct VSS courtesy inspections of vessels to educate on mandatory safety equipment needed. We have members doing in school Grade 2 and 3 classes on safe boating, we have a Safety trailer we take to public events for educational opportunities, and we have a remote control Bobbie program that is a fun interaction with children on Boating safety.