RCM-SAR Unit 25 is one of 33 volunteer marine search and rescue units on the West Coast operating under the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue as a non-profit organization dedicated to search and rescue (SAR) and safe boating activities. We have 30 active members maintaining a 24/7 on-call ability to respond to regional marine emergencies.
The work of the unit falls under three broad groupings:
Search and Rescue Unit Training and Operations
Marine Safety and Education, and
Unit Management (governance, oversight and fundraising through the Gulf Islands Marine Rescue Society - GIMRS) supporting the maintenance and replacement of our equipment – vessel, engines, first aid and communications/navigation equipment, etc. and on-going training of existing and new members.
Beyond this core mandate, we engage with the community – mainly on Salt Spring Island – with marine safety education, for example:
Junior Cadet Work Experience Program at Gulf Islands Secondary School: Training up to 8 senior high school students each year through basic boating knowledge, Red Cross Marine First Aid, VHF radio and hands-on on-the-water experience
Elementary School Marine Safety Awareness Program – visits to Salt Spring Island elementary schools – last year about 400 students were engaged
Kids Don’t Float - ensuring a supply of freely available children's PFDs (personal flotation devices) at local marinas and dock
MORE ABOUT RCM-SAR STATION 25
The 30 plus active members of Station 25 operate an open Titan 249 Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB), the Amarah Gabriel based in Vesuvius harbour.
Our unit members - all volunteers based on Salt Spring Island - are trained and geared to successfully tackle anything they may encounter on an emergency call. The marine environment can be hazardous, and the Gulf Islands is an extremely active area for boaters, many of whom are Salt Spring Island residents. Our vessel is therefore kept well-equipped and in good repair. Volunteers are provided with the use of a range of gear and equipment to help ensure the highest levels of quality and safety, including, but not limited to survival dry-suits, floater suits, communications units, an AED, night vision goggles and dewatering pumps.
We regularly participate in co-training with Salt Spring Island Search and Rescue (SSI SAR), neighbouring Marine SAR Units and the Canadian Coast Guard unit based in Ganges harbour.
Station 25 volunteers offer safe boating programs for students of the local school district, conduct Courtesy Safety checks for the marine community, and assists the Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre in transporting injured animals and birds needing help to Salt Spring Island.
OUR LOCATION AND AREA SERVED:
Station 25 is based in Vesuvius Harbour on Salt Spring Island, the largest of the Southern Gulf Islands. The Gulf Islands offer some of the finest recreational boating in the world. We have protected waters and beautiful islands, but occasionally significant tides, currents and changeable weather.
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