Volunteer with us - Prerequisites:

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

  • a Pleasure Craft Operator Certificate (PCOC)

  • a current and valid Criminal Record Check

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

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

  • be available “on call” for a minimum of 1 week per month (28 x 6h shifts totalling 168h/month)

  • each 24h day is divided into 6h shifts - sign up online according to your availability

What’s in it for you?

  • Improve your seamanship skills and local marine knowledge

  • On-going training courses including:

    • Canadian Red Cross First Aid - Marine

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

    • Training courses offered at RCMSAR Training Centre in East Sooke

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

  • Gain experience with a high performance search and rescue vessel with top quality equipment

  • Personal satisfaction, fulfillment 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 or to schedule an interview:

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

We look forward to hearing from you!