Volunteer with us - Prerequisites:

If you are interested in joining the team as a volunteer please consider the following:

you are:

  • not colourblind, and

  • available within 15 minutes travel time to our rescue vessel based in Vesuvius - when “on call”

you have:

  • or are willing to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) - click here

  • or are willing to undergo a Criminal Record Check by the RCMP - click here - free of charge to members of volunteer organizations - we will assist you with this

  • a reasonable level of physical fitness


Weekly meetings and classroom training

  • every Thursday 1730-1900h at the SAR Hall, 261 Fulford-Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island

On-the-water training

  • two hours every week or two, on our SAR vessel, usually with several options for training times

“On-call” Availability for search and rescue taskings:

  • aim to be available “on call” for 5 to 7 days/month (20 to 28 x 6h shifts)

  • each 24h day is divided into 6h shifts - sign up online according to your availability giving consideration to your work and family obligations

What’s in it for you?

  • Gain experience and improve your seamanship skills in the local marine environment with a high performance search and rescue vessel with top quality equipment and highly experienced leadership

  • On-going training including:

    • Classroom and on-the-water training based on the RCMSAR Search and Rescue Crew Manual - click here - covering all aspects of marine SAR activities, safety, practical seamanship, communications, navigation, etc.

    • Canadian Red Cross First Aid - Marine - click here

    • VHF Radio Operator Certification - Marine (ROC-M) - click here

    • Training courses offered at the RCMSAR Training Centre in East Sooke - click here

    • Rigid Hull Inflatable Operator Training (RHIOT) - through the Canadian Coast Guard - click here

  • Personal satisfaction and camaraderie through volunteering with like-minded men and women from Salt Spring Island

  • A Canada Revenue Agency tax credit - if you log enough hours each year - click here for more information

For more information and to Apply:

  • call John at 250-221-1677 or email him at jfmetzger@gmail.com

  • download and complete a membership application form:

  • save or scan and email the application form to jfmetzger@gmail.com, or print and give it to a unit member or send it to our postal address

We look forward to hearing from you!