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3rd Annual Marine Garage Sale Fundraiser coming up May 2nd!

The Gulf Islands Marine Rescue Society is hosting a Marine Garage sale to raise funds for Salt Spring Island’s Station 25 of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.

Please consider making a donation of new or used marine gear. All funds raised will go towards our marine safety programs including education, search and rescue operations and the coming refit of our rescue vessel, the Amarah Gabriel.

SAREx February 28, 2015

...Organizer Nic Futter, coxswain and training officer at RCM-SAR 25 Salt Spring, said the event “came together well.” He gave credit to co-organizer Alan Bibby of Salt Spring Island Search and Rescue (SAR) for generating high levels of interest and participation.

”The goal was for teams to feel comfortable cooperating with their land or sea counterparts — RCM-SAR with Land SAR and vice versa; also to practice skills like First Aid or pulling boats into a shoreline to accept a patient transfer, and to provide an opportunity for team building.” Salt Spring Island SAR, Saanich Search and Rescue and the Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization, also from Saanich, sent participants to the event...
— excerpted Compass report

Upcoming Activities

Saturday, May 17: Safety Patrol during the 'Round SSI Race

Saturday, May 24: Marine Garage Sale at the LANDSAR Hall  *stay tuned for on our popular Firewood Raffle!

Saturday, June 7: Pleasure Craft Safety Checks at the Hunter Rendezvous on Thetis Island

SAREX March 15

On March 15th we held a joint SAREX with Saltspring Land SAR and RCMSAR units from Ladysmith and Brentwood Bay. The purpose of the exercise was to become familiar with putting search crews ashore and recovering found subjects. The exercise was a total success giving everyone a good opportunity to meet and train with other SAR units in the area.
 

Royal Canadian Legion Donation

Vice-president of Royal Canadian Legion—Branch 92, Lorne Bunyan, presents a cheque for $1600.00 to GIMRS for uniform RCM-SAR jackets. The jackets will help to identify RCM-SAR Station 25 members when they carry out boating safety activities in schools and other public places.

Junior Members

Our junior members are an important part of our unit.  Here they are learning about emergency vest contents.

Santa's Rescue Reindeer

This past Saturday the Lions Club International's Santa Ship visited Saturna, Mayne, Pender, Galliano, and Salt Spring Islands, bringing gifts to the children and joy to all.  Unit 25 Salt Spring and Unit 20 Salish Sea (Pender Island) were part of the safety escort.  This year, several Rescue Reindeer joined the crew. One of them even completed a Vessel Safety Survey (VSS) of the Santa Ship, Victoria Star 2.  For more information on our free VSS program, click here.

Santa Ship Dec 14

Mark your calendars! The Santa Ship returns to the Gulf Islands on Saturday, December 14th!  Hosted by Lions Club International, this year's stops include Mayne Island, Saturna Island, Pender Island, and Salt Spring Island.  Unit 25 will be part of the safety escort.  For more information click here.

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Upcoming Events

Fall Fair Sat Sept 14 & Sun Sept 15

Come see us for a tour of our boat, boater safety information, recruitment, and more!

Firewood Fundraising Raffle

Full details and ticket sales at the Fall Fair or through members and participating retailers!  Winners will be drawn on Sunday.

Securite Securite Securite

A large deadhead was found in the middle of the north entrance to Sansum Narrows while out on patrol Sunday afternoon.  Unit 25 carries member-made radar reflectors on board for just this purpose.  

Note the addition of a radar reflector (circled in red). 

Note the addition of a radar reflector (circled in red). 

Unit 25 flashback - ready room construction

In June of 2012, the members of Unit 25 raised a new ready room, which continues to reside at Centennial dock and be used as a base for GIMRS activities, such as our recent fireworks safety patrol on Canada Day. 

All members of Unit 25 are non-renumerated volunteers.  We spent many hours on the water doing training, patrol, and boater safety education.  There are also numerous other volunteer activities that we do to keep the unit up and running, such as fundraising (thank you supporters!), vessel maintenance and, yes, ready room construction! 

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