Night time training exercises for Station 27 crews

Nanaimo Marine Search and Rescue crews are always on stand by, ready to come to the aid of people in distress at sea. And that takes a lot of regular training at all hours of the day. Thanks to SAR member Jerry Berry for these great photos.


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Search and Rescue crews train regularly

Search and rescue crews undergo constant training in all facets of marine search and rescue.

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Nanaimo SAR members recognized for service

Nikolaj Richers, left, was presented with the John Croutch Award for exemplary service by Station Leader Michel Morin at the annual general meeting, April 16. The award is voted on by fellow members.

Ken Swain, left, was presented with the John Croutch Award for exemplary service by Station Leader Michel Morin at the annual general meeting, April 16.

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RCM-SAR Nanaimo 27 at Nanaimo Boat Show this weekend

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 27 Nanaimo popular Kids Don’t Float program of the will be one of the feature displays at this weekend’s Nanaimo Boat Show from Thursday to Sunday. Rescue craft and crew will also be at the show throughout the weekend.

Show times are as follows:

Thursday, April 12th, 2018: 12pm – 6pm

Friday, April 13th, 2018: 10am – 6pm

Saturday, April 14th, 2018: 10am-6pm

Sunday, April 15th, 2018: 10am – 3pm

The Kids Don’t Float program features large boards with colourful graphics along with a supply of children’s personal floatation devices (PFDs). These boards are installed at marinas, boat launching ramps, parks and swimming areas.  Kids Don’t Float is run on an honour system and offers free day use of PFDs for your children.

New boards will be installed at the Brechin Boat Ramp this spring. The board will be two-sided, facing the main boat launch and the rescue station and second launch. It will be near the fish cleaning station at the top of the ramp. Each board will have 9 loaner children’s PFD.

Funding for this project was provided by the Marcus Negrin Memorial Fund and Boating BC.  This will be displayed on the signs.

These loaner stations for children’s PFDs are very popular throughout the province and RCM-SAR stations receive many requests for new locations.  By the end of 2005 there were 14 KFD boards set up across the province.  More recently, Mustang Survival, a manufacturer of personal safety equipment, has joined us as a partner to supply the program with additional PFDs. In time, there will be 25 boards set up in the province.

The RCMP has also joined the Kids Don’t Float program and has signed a memorandum of understanding with RCM-SAR to place stations in remote communities on the coast.  The purpose of this joint effort is to encourage more children in the remote areas to wear a PFD while on the water.  The program gives the RCMP an opportunity to develop a non-enforcement profile with the children and youth in these communities while providing an important service.

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