HOW TO JOIN
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.
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
A SAR 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
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
Complete reading of the New Crew Materials & online quizzes
Completion of the part-time (5 classes) New Crew Course
Pass the New Crew written exam & on-water check ride
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.)