From station leaders to coxswains, training officers and support volunteers, we have women learning, leading and training others to save lives. Station 29-Ladysmith’s Carol-Ann Kjartanson describes her experience as a Coxswain and Training Officer and shares what you need to volunteer with RCMSAR.

“When joining RCMSAR, you will have the opportunity to learn how to be safe on the water, and how to read weather and navigations systems. While teamwork and communication skills are key attributes that you need to bring as a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to practice these skills plus develop leadership skills through your training. You don’t need to have a marine background as long as you enjoy being out on the water, helping others and feeling that you’ve made a difference.

Working within the COVID-19 safety precautions has allowed us to get creative with training while we face the pandemic together. The challenge of it all and seeing our unit working together as one team really keeps me engaged and committed to the mission.

I would encourage more women to join RCMSAR. My experience has been very positive – I’ve had solid support and mentorship every step of the way. In my unit I truly feel a part of the team – a team that values people from diverse backgrounds and skills. We’re all in this together, and we work cooperatively to bring our best to each activity and mission.”

RCMSAR’s strength is our volunteers. Recruiting women to join RCMSAR is critical to ensure our coastal and in-land communities remain safe on the water. We invite people with different skills, backgrounds, cultures and ages to contribute to our culture of safety and service. To learn more about volunteering email or visit