A Path to Leadership With RCMSAR

Specialized Skills

A Progressive Approach

Training is Vital

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue’s Training Centre in East Sooke provides an exceptional learning environment for hundreds of volunteer crew members from throughout the region. Through RCMSAR’s training program, students learn seamanship, navigation, communications, search and rescue, first aid, leadership, teamwork and techniques for dealing with the stress that can result from traumatic rescue missions.

Our purpose-built facility has water frontage on Sooke Basin, a sheltered area that is perfect for basic on-water training.  The Basin connects to the more challenging Juan de Fuca Strait where crews can practice coastal navigation, heavy weather operations and advanced search and rescue techniques.

This is the first course in a series of three, with an objective of developing our Leaders.  CL1 provides a solid platform in Seamanship and Boat-Handling abilities in order to maintain safety for Crews providing our services during various marine Search and Rescue Taskings.

An overview of the course learning outcomes:

  • Boat handling in close quarters and in open sea
  • Communications
  • System checks
  • Line handling and knots
  • Towing Seamanship and Safety
  • Chartwork and Buoyage
  • An introduction to GPS and Radar navigation
  • Self-recovery and cold water survival
  • Emergency procedures

Prerequisite: Completed crew level sign offs, pre-RHIOT assessment, as well as 18 months of dedicated service and Station endorsement.

The CLII course builds on the CLI course outcomes, and further the Crew Member’s leadership development.  The focus is on Electronic Navigation techniques in Fast Response Craft (FRC) operations, as well as risk analysis and decision making.

An overview of the course learning outcomes:

  • An in-depth understanding of GPS systems
  • Electronic Chart Display use and limitations
  • Radar and its principles of operation
  • Maintained situational awareness via electronic systems
  • Position fixing by radar and depth sounder
  • Scenario-based simulated sessions
  • Communications
  • Risk analysis using the Green/Amber/Red (GAR) score method
  • Delegating tasks and bridge-resource management
  • Reviewed Seamanship from CLI course

Prerequisite: Completed advanced crew sign offs, CLII pre-course program/sign offs, CLI or RHIOT, & Station endorsement

The last course of the series, CLIII provides an opportunity to validate the material received during the CLI and II courses, while further building on Leadership attributes as well as advanced Electronic Navigation for restricted visibility operations.  CLIII includes a practical final exam, containing elements of all three courses, validating the processes taught in all courses and confirming the participants level of proficiency.

An overview of the course learning outcomes:

  • Radar and GPS Navigation in restricted visibility
  • Crew communications in restricted visibility
  • Collision regulations for restricted visibility
  • Situational awareness and positive control
  • Lesson planning and training fundamentals
  • Leadership concepts
  • Train the trainer skills
  • Use of search and rescue algorithms during various SAR situations
  • Inter-agency support
  • Scenario-based simulated sessions

Prerequisites: Completed Coxswain sign offs, CLI or RHIOT, CLII & Station endorsement

 

The RCMSAR Training Centre building houses a classroom, offices, the Fast Rescue Craft Simulator, ready room, male and female washrooms with showers, sleeping accommodations and a TV lounge.

Accommodation is provided for RCMSAR members at the Training Centre during their course. There are two private rooms and two shared rooms that can accommodate up to a total of six students.

Please note: Priority for private rooms is given to; 1) individual female crew members 2)first members upon arrival if there are no women attending.  There are male and female showers and change rooms, a kitchen/coffee area and crew lounge with TV downstairs.

What to Bring:

  • If staying on site, bring a sleeping bag, pillow, towel and toiletries
  • For on water training, bring your SAR operational apparel such as dry suit, boots, pants, gloves, layered outerwear and helmet. RCMSAR will provide PFDs.
  • Pens, notebooks and any pre-course materials

Meals:

  • Complimentary meals are provided for members during RCMSAR courses
  • Please inform your course administrator at least a week in advance of any special dietary requirements

 

 

 

The Fast Rescue Craft Simulator is a replica of an RCMSAR rescue vessel surrounded by a state-of-the-art seamless floor-to-ceiling screen and five digital projector that create a highly realistic simulation.

Electronic navigation equipment, helm controls and radios all mimic those found on a real rescue vessel.  Instructors can program a wide range of scenery, weather, sea conditions, ship traffic and navigational challenges to test crew member skills in a safe environment.