RCM-SAR Station 25 Salt Spring is proud to announce that four students from Gulf Islands Secondary School have successfully completed the New Crew Training offered in a Junior Program instructed by RCM-SAR Station 25 coxswain Tom McKeachie. The students are now qualified to start regular crew training on the water with any RCM-SAR unit.
"These young people were really sharp and on-the ball, and showed a lot of interest in the program," said Randy Carr, who assisted with facilitating the Junior Program. "One of them has already contacted Pender Island about joining [Station 20]."
Developed by McKeachie, the training course covered the Pleasure Craft Operator's Course, basic First Aid, the Radio Operator's Certification as well as providing an introduction to the work and culture of RCM-SAR. Although this year's program graduates, as minors, aren't yet cleared to go on taskings, they are encouraged to continue developing their skills through training at sea.
RCM-SAR Station 25 Salt Spring, The Gulf Island Marine Rescue Society and the Harbour Authority of Salt Spring are pleased to announced two new PFD loaner stations, built out of driftwood by renowned local carpenter Josh Hart. The new boating safety initiative, called "Kids Don't Float," makes PFDs available for boaters to borrow for their junior passengers.
The first station was completed and unveiled at Centennial Dock in Ganges Harbour on April 25th, with a second one added at Kanaka Dock, also in Ganges, in May. According to Devin Milner, who monitors the loaner stations, PFDs are loaned out daily and return rates were 100% in the initial few weeks of operation.
"A lot of people are impressed. I've heard them ask why it wasn't done a long time ago, it's such a good idea," says Milner.
Funding for this project is made possible by the support of the Harbour Authority of Salt Spring Island (HASSI), the Gulf Islands Marine Rescue Society and the generosity of Chris Garrigan who is dedicating this initiative in memory of his daughter Jenny.
An unveiling ceremony was held on April 25th, well-attended by the local press and members of the public and crew and staff of RCM-SAR 25 and HASSI. Peter Grove spoke on behalf of the Islands Trust and shared his thoughts on the importance of marine safety and rescue work to the Salt Spring community, as well as memories of the spirit and generosity of Garrigan family.
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.
August 7th saw a day of training with various RCMSAR units, CCG Cape Naden and a USCG Helicopter Sar unit along with coordinators from Victoria CCG. We started out with an introduction to the various participants and their respective rescue crafts. A short introduction and background of each agency was then given. After lunch we then observed a patient rescue from the CCG Cape Naden [pictured] and then participated in a Helicopter pacing exercise, each unit receiving a chance to be involved. A good day on the water working together as rescue units.
May 17, 2014 - Escorting the annual 'Round SSI Sailing Race.
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
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.
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.
Our junior members are an important part of our unit. Here they are learning about emergency vest contents.
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.
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.
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.
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.