Membership in Station 35 & the Victoria Marine Rescue Society is a very rewarding experience, not only will you get the opportunity to assist others in need but you will also receive excellent training and make some lasting friendships along the way.
Complete the online application to get started
There are several areas to get involved in, both on and off the water!
VOLUNTEERING AS A SUPPORTING MEMBER
Supporting members are a crucial part of the team and help keep our station and fundraising society operating smoothly. Generally, supporting members will help out with a variety of initiatives and tasks such as:
- Fundraising and administrative support
- Recruiting volunteer search and rescue crew members
- Boating safety awareness initiatives
VOLUNTEERING AS A SAR CREW MEMBER
Potential SAR crew candidates must be willing to be on call and able to respond to our boat located at Ogden Point within 15 minutes.
Membership Application Process
Come out and see why so many great people volunteer with Victoria Marine Rescue! You won't regret it.
Stage 1: Recruit Crew - Requirements prior to approving an application for membership
- Recruitment Questionnaire
- a Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Card (PCOC)
- Radio Operators Card-Marine (ROC-M)
- Standard First Aid with CPR-C
- interview with Recruiting Officer, Station Leader or delegate
- a Criminal Record Check (available at no charge)
- Attendance at a Recruit Training/Information Session
Stage 2: New Crew - Eligible to begin on-the-water training and join a crew as a trainee SAR member
While all Station 35 members are volunteers, this does not diminish the importance of providing a qualified and reliable marine rescue service. Volunteering with RCM-SAR is a major lifestyle adjustment and a lot of time is spent on training of crew members. Therefore, all crew members are required to:
- Commit to being on-call for 6 12-hour shifts, attending 1 training session including a vessel inspection and 1 station meeting per month
- Be able to commit to serving for a minimum of 2 years and to complete the minimum training level of Crew within that time
- All SAR crew members are expected to contribute to the administration of the station by assisting with tasks when required (cleaning the vessels & equipment, manning boating safety/fundraising events, etc.)
Contact our Recruiting officer to find out when our next intake of members will be. You will be invited to attend a Recruit Information Session with the recruiting officer.