Become A Member
SAR crews are the backbone of the RCM-SAR’s emergency response activities. Crews consist of dedicated, unpaid professionals who are on call for one week out of every four.
Members of RCM-SAR receive many benefits including Coast Guard training in small vessel operation, coastal navigation, marine Search and Rescue, small vessel inspections, and first aid. SAR crews have the opportunity to attend the Coast Guard’s R.H.I.O.T. School in Bamfield for advanced rigid hull inflatable operator training. Members may also qualify for discounts on the purchase of some marine equipment.
A National Coast Guard Auxiliary Insurance Policy also covers RCM-SAR members and vessels when taking part in RCM-SAR approved events.
Above all, members receive the satisfaction of knowing that they are making a difference in the marine community and have the prestige of being part of a national rescue organization.
Requirements to join Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue:
▪ 19 years of age or more
▪ Canadian Citizen
▪ Possess PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator Card)
▪ Restricted Radio Operator Certificate-Marine (ROC-M)
▪ Std. First Aid / CPR ‘C’
▪ Undergo a Criminal Record Check
Requirements for SAR crew and Station 8:
▪ Live in the Ladner – Tsawwassen area (SAR crew must be able to respond to the boat in 15-20 minutes )
▪ Able to enter the U.S.A (the boat is based in Point Roberts, WA) – this means that a valid passport is required in order to cross the border as of June 1st, 2009 – if in doubt, please contact the U.S. or Canadian borders
▪ Physically fit to withstand the rigours of a RHIB in rough seas
▪ Some risk involved
▪ Boating experience an asset
▪ Ability to think and react quickly to changing situations
▪ Reliable and dedicated
There is certainly a time commitment. The unit meets twice a month for two hours each night for training and unit business. Crews train 2-5 hours on the water during their duty week. Unit members are expected to help maintain and clean the boat and base, and participate in the occasional public relations and fund-raising events. 10 hours a month should be considered normal. Above all, you are member of a dedicated life-saving team and the expectation is that you will honour your commitment and not let the team or the public down.
Some of the special events we participate in routinely are providing on-water and shore-based safety for the New Years Polar Bear Swim at Centennial Beach in Boundary Bay, participating in the Ladner May Days and Tsawwassen Sun-Fest parades, participating in the Point Roberts/Tsawwassen Yacht Club’s annual spring Sail Past, participating in the Ladner Remembrance Day parade, and providing safety escort for the Ladner Christmas Carol Ships in the Fraser River.
Being a member of RCM-SAR is a rewarding experience. From search and rescue crews to administrative staff, everyone has in integral role to play in the prevention of loss of life at sea.
How to become a SAR crew member:
If you obtain your PCOC and ROC-M prior to applying, you will just need to initiate the criminal record check, and you can immediately apply for membership in RCM-SAR. Once your membership has been processed, and you are covered by the Group Insurance policy, you are eligible to start training on the boat.
If you do not have your PCOC or ROC-M, you cannot immediately become a RCM-SAR member, however we can provide the training and exams to obtain them. Since this may only happen once or twice a year, membership and training on the boat may be delayed.
To apply or get further information contact us by e-mail and someone will get back to you quickly.