Our crews face vast coverage areas, west coast weather and sea conditions, the unpredictable nature of marine emergencies, and in some areas a lack of nearby backup. More than 72 per cent of RCM-SAR’s missions in 2013 involved immediate danger or distress, and it is important that all our crews are trained to respond safely and professionally.
We combine our own comprehensive training programs with several recognized Transport Canada certifications.
Our training includes:
- Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)
- Radio Operators Certificate
- First Aid Level “C” with AED
- Marine Advanced First Aid
- First Responder
- SARNav1 (Uses RCM-SAR’s fast rescue craft simulator to teach basic navigation and seamanship and promote crew safety.)
- Transport Canada – Small Vessel Operators Proficiency (SVOP)
- SARNav2 (Uses RCM-SAR’s simulator to train crews to navigate in restricted visibility and at higher speeds with more complex search and rescue challenges.)
- Transport Canada – Simulated Electronic Navigation Limited (SEN-L)
- SARCOMM – Search and Rescue Communications
- Transport Canada – Marine Emergency Duties A3 (MED A3)
- Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
- Incident Command System (ICS)
- Swiftwater Awareness
- RCM-SAR Coxswain Course
- International Coxswain Course
- Coxswain Exchange Program
RCM-SAR Fast Rescue Craft Simulator
Our crews are trained and tested on a state-of-the-art vessel simulator. It is a full-scale mockup of a rescue vessel, complete with navigation electronics, communications, and helm station. Computer-generated scenary and sound create a highly realistic environment for teaching navigation and search and rescue skills.