VolunteerBeing an active search and rescue crew member is an exciting, challenging and rewarding role. But is not for everyone.

You will be paged in the middle of the night and respond to emergencies in weather and sea conditions that most mariners avoid. You will be called on to navigate in fog and darkness, operate a rescue vessel in wind and waves, safely handle tow lines and other gear, use your first aid skills, follow orders, and give orders.

You will work in a dangerous environment. You will be coming to the aid of people who are frightened, confused, or injured.  Some missions involve tragedy and death.

In other words you need to be skilled, brave, and tough.

But if you have the character and commitment, we will give you all the tools, training and support you need to succeed as a search and rescue crew member.  The men and women who take on this task say the rewards of saving a life on the water are beyond measure.

You are:

  • 19 years old or older
  • Physically fit
  • Mature and reliable
  • Available to be on call and remain near a rescue vessel as part of a rotation schedule.
  • A team player
  • A good communicator

You will:

  • Be available on call
  • Acquire the necessary certifications for your crew level.
  • Attend station meetings and events
  • Support your station’s community and fundraising activities
  • Support the larger RCM-SAR team across the region.
  • Be committed to excellence in search and rescue service to the public.

 We provide:

  • A team of men and women who will support your training goals and membership needs.
  • Excellent marine and search and rescue training, including a range of Transport Canada certifications, including:
    • Pleasure Craft Operators Certificate
    • Radio Operators Certificate
    • Marine Advanced First Aid
    • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency
    • RCM-SAR’s own comprehensive training program, including the SARNAV simulated electronic navigation training in our own fast rescue craft simulator.
    • The latest personal safety equipment.
    • The opportunity to work with other dedicated search and rescue crew members.
    • The opportunity to crew on sophisticated search and rescue fast response vessels.
    • Group insurance coverage.

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The Ladysmith and District Marine Rescue Society own all assets associated with the RCM-SAR 29 Station. Ladysmith RCM-SAR 29 provides the crew members for marine search and rescue operations on behalf of the Society and the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.