An important aspect of the mission of the RCM-SAR is to promote boating safety. A determining factor in the prevention of search and rescue incidents is effective boater education. Knowledgeable boaters are safe boaters and safe boaters are generally less likely to be involved in search and rescue incidents.
The coastal waters and inland lakes and rivers of British Columbia are popular recreational destinations which attract thousands of boaters in a wide variety of craft from small open boats and kayaks to multi-million dollar mega yachts. The RCM-SAR has developed a variety of programs to convey the Boating Safety message to this broad range of recreational users.