December 15, 2017 Saving Lives on the Water!


trainingWe provide the best training possible for our crews to protect their safety and provide top-notch search and rescue service to the public.

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

simulatorIn addition to their on-water and classroom instruction, RCM-SAR crews are trained and tested on a state-of-the-art vessel simulator.  It is a full-scale mock-up of a rescue vessel with navigation electronics, radios, helm controls, and computer-generated scenery and sound that create a highly realistic environment for teaching navigation and search and rescue skills.

Students use charts, GPS plotters, and radar to safely navigate in simulated rain, fog, darkness, high seas, and high traffic areas.  Instructors can create challenging search and rescue scenarios and extreme conditions that students can tackle in safety.  Our combined simulator and on-water training lead to several certifications including RCM-SAR SARNAV 1 and 2, Transport Canada’s Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Certificate and Simulated Electronic Navigation (SEN-L) Certificate, and others.

We are pleased that in addition to training for RCM-SAR members, we have developed simulator programs for other organizations requiring specialized marine training.  Please contact us for details.


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