Volunteer with Us …

In British Columbia, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue is a volunteer organization of over 1,000 persons from varied backgrounds who give a great deal of their personal time to train, and be on standby, in case requested to respond to an emergency situation on the water.

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As a member of RCMSAR Station 106 Shuswap, you are involved in the very important and rewarding arena of public safety volunteerism. You will join a dedicated, professional team that is carrying on the proud 150-year tradition of volunteer lifeboats in British Columbia waters.

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Station 106, one of the 30 RCMSAR rescue bases in the Province, operates two well equipped rescue vessels, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Join us, and you will be involved in “Saving Lives on the Water”.

 

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Our volunteerism is designed to match your interests, skills, and availability, including ranging from active SAR crew to maintenance, fundraising, and boating safety public awareness events.

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Title Rescue Vessel Search and Rescue Crew

Being an active search and rescue crew member is an exciting, challenging and rewarding role but may not be for everyone. You will get a page in the middle of the night to respond to an emergency, sometimes in weather and lake conditions we advise boat operators to avoid.

You will be called upon to crew a rescue vessel in wind and waves, at times navigating in total darkness, and put to use your first aid training, safe handling of tow lines and other SAR gear.

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

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.

Prospective crew members must be able to achieve a 15-20 minute arrival time to the vessels  in Sicamous. As dedicated emergency responders, we strive to be crewed and underway within 10 to 15 minutes, and definitely within 30 minutes of a mission callout.

 

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For more information if interested in becoming a Station 106 Shuswap active crew member –

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  • 19 years old or older (ask about our Junior program if you are between ages 16-18)
  • Physically fit – Insert CLICK for list of annual Fitness Tests required
  • Mature and reliable
  • Able to attend a Rescue Vessel within 20 minutes when called out for a Mission
  • A team player
  • A good communicator
  • Able to provide a 2-3 year commitment
  • Able to clear a Police Criminal Record Check

 

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  • Be available to take and share being on call
  • Acquire the necessary certifications for your crew level
  • Attend station meetings and events
  • Support your station’s boating safety public awareness and fundraising activities
  • Be committed to excellence in your search and rescue (SAR) service

 

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  • A team that will support your training goals and strengthen your certification levels
  • Boat Operations and SAR training, including Transport Canada certifications –
    • Pleasure Craft Operators Certificate
    • Restricted Radio Operator’s Certificate – Maritime
    • Standard Basic First Aid + CPR Level C
    • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency
  • A RCMSAR comprehensive training program, meeting Canadian Coast Guard criteria
  • The latest and best in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Opportunity to work alongside other SAR membership and organizations
  • Opportunity to crew Fast Response Vessels with advanced electronic navigation
  • Group insurance coverage for Station 106 Shuswap recognized activities

 

Title Station 106 Shuswap Supporting Member

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  • Willing to offer your time and skills to support Station 106 Shuswap operations
  • Committed to educating the public about boating safety
  • Able to promote boating safety at public events, local marinas, and on the water

 

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  • Provide your energy and expertise towards boating safety public awareness
  • Aid Station 106 with shore-based activities supporting effectiveness of SAR crews
  • Assist in maintaining the readiness of the station to respond to emergencies.
  • Provide support in any of these or other areas:
    • Maintenance
    • Fundraising
    • Administration
    • Finance
    • Boating Safety Awareness
      • Private Craft Courtesy Checks
      • Public Relations
      • Event Planning

 

 

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  • Educational materials and apparatus to aid promoting the boating safety message
  • A rewarding environment for volunteers with an enthusiastic and supportive team
  • Group insurance coverage for Station 106 Shuswap recognized activities

 

 

How To Volunteer … (need instructions from Station Leadership)

 

Simply send the Station an email Insert CLICK to go to selected email address and let us know you are interested in learning more about becoming a RCMSAR volunteer.

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