Everyone at RCM-SAR Station 27 – Nanaimo is a volunteer, and we are always looking for new members to join us. Everyone is welcome!
There are two ways that you can become involved, as a supporting member or as search and rescue crew.
Volunteering as a supporting member
Supporting members perform a number of important roles that keep our station and fundraising society operating smoothly. Supporting members do not serve as search and rescue crew on our vessels and generally do not go out on the water.
You might be a good fit as a supporting member, if you have an an interest or a skill in one the following areas:
- Boating safety
- Public relations
Volunteering as search and rescue crew
Becoming an active crew member on search and rescue missions requires specific skills, training, and commitment above all. New crew members are selected by our Recruitment Officer and spend the bulk of the first year at the station training to become full crew.
Requirements for joining as search and rescue crew:
- Pleasure Craft Operator’s Certificate (PCOC)
- Restricted Radio Operator’s Certificate (RROC)
- Standard First Aid and CPR-C
- Criminal Record Check (Also required for supporting member)
- Able to commit to regular weekly training (classroom and and on-water)
- Reliable and able to commit to be on call for multiple 12-hour shifts per week
- Live within 15 minutes of the Brechin boat ramp
- Capable of handling the physical demands of SAR operations in all sea and weather conditions
- Able to make a two-year commitment to the station (Also required for supporting member)
- Able to provide 2 references (Also required for supporting member)
- Boating experience and knowledge of the local waters around Nanaimo
Some of our crew members eventually become coxswains and are responsible for the safe operation of the boat on rescue missions. Coxswains receive additional training at the RHIOT School in Bamfield and at the regional RCM-SAR headquarters in Sooke on Vancouver Island.
How do I volunteer?