Below are photos from a recent training session that took us to Porlier Pass, between Galiano and Valdes Islands. We practiced shore landings, Man Overboard, and navigational techniques. Note the tallship moored just behind our position off Dionisio Point.
Five members of Station 27 Nanaimo brought their newly-refurbished RHIB south to Salt Spring for an evening training session in choppy seas. It was an excellent opportunity for Station 25 volunteers to practice handling a vessel equipped with cutting edge electronics and controls, twin 225 HP engines and a raised superstructure set on shock-absorbers to provide a smoother ride at higher speeds in rough seas.
The improvements to their rescue vessel allow the Nanaimo crew to achieve quicker response times when lives are on the line.
A special thanks to Ken, John, Bob, Mladen and Jerry of Station 27 Nanaimo for making the voyage to Salt Spring, through inclement conditions, to allow for this joint training exercise.
In attendance were RCM-SAR 25 Salt Spring, 29 Ladysmith and 34 Mill Bay. Representing Land SAR units were 29 individuals from three detachments: Salt Spring Island SAR, Saanich Search and Rescue and the Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization.
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.
December 14, 2013 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.
Using our new davit, training dummy, and first aid kit to train for various patient recovery scenarios.
In May 2013, Station 25 Salt Spring trained with Station 20 Pender Island to practice beach to boat and boat to dock patient transfer. The exercise included the challenges of triage and first aid, use of our new davit system, and a shallow water beach approach.
On January 6, 2013 an inter-unit skills day was hosted by Unit 25 near Fernwood Dock. Thanks to: coxswain Nic Futter for taking the lead on organizing the day; Brentwood Bay, Ladysmith, and Pender RCMSAR units, and the Ganges coast guard professionals for coming out; and to Terry from Salt Spring Land SAR for spending most of the day in the water at Fernwood Dock to help us practice our reboarding techniques!