FAQ

How do we get tasked?

Via pager, mobile phone and email - by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) or by marine VHF radio when out on patrol or training on the water.

Where are we based?

Vesuvius Bay, Salt Spring Island BC

What is the area of operations?

We serve communities on the east coast of Vancouver Island, all of the Gulf Islands and the large tourist population visiting the region year-round. Our coverage focuses especially on the Samsun Narrows, the Stuart, Pylades and Trincomali Channels - although we have also been called out beyond.

Are we part of the Coast Guard?

No, we are a separate, volunteer-based agency.

What marine search and rescue assets are in our area?

  • Canadian Coast Guard Station based in Ganges Harbour

  • Station 20 based in Pender Island

  • Station 29 based in Ladysmith

  • Station 33 in Oak Bay

  • Station 36 in Saanich

  • Station 34 in Mill Bay and

  • The Canadian Coast Guard Hovercraft based in Richmond.

Click here for a listing of all RCMSAR Pacific Region Stations.

Outside of SAR (search and rescue), what do we do?

We assist Gulf Islands Land Search and Rescue with shoreline searches and transport. We train with the local Coast Guard Unit and we participate in community events in Salt Spring and the surrounding islands. We run a school program for junior boaters and also assist the marine community with courtesy safety checks.

How can I get involved?

Please see the Current Opportunities page for complete information and prerequisites.

Can I join if I am not interested or able to do SAR?

Yes!

What is expected of me?

Positive participation in our weekly classroom training and meetings every Thursday at from 1730 to 1900h at the Land SAR Hall on the Fulfod-Ganges Road.  See the Current Opportunities page for more information.

What are the hours of operation?

24/7 unless the vessel is stood down.

What types of training can I expect?

Radar and GPS operation; boat handling; navigation, marine first aid, radio operation, boating safety, seamanship, collision regulations and local area knowledge.

What level of fitness is required to be an active SAR member?

You must be able to: lift yourself from the water back up into the boat; jump down 5 feet to tie the boat to a dock; withstand hours at a time in cold, rainy weather and sometimes rough seas. We practice all these as part of our training.

What is required to be a member of GIMRS or provide administrative support?

As a member of RCMSAR Station 25 you are eligible for membership of our supporting charity - the Gulf Islands Marine Rescue Society. If you have fundraising or administrative skills then there are a number of ways to contribute to the well-being of Station 25.