About RCM-SAR - Pacific Region

As an integral part of the Canadian Marine Search and Recue network, RCM-SAR's Mission is to provide a volunteer marine rescue service and to promote public Boating Safety throughout the Pacific Region.


The volunteer RCM-SAR's SAR area of operation includes more than 29,500 square kilometres of coastline, 6,500 islands, and approximately 450,000 square kilometres of internal and offshore waters.

 RCM-SAR 25 Training

RCM-SAR 25 Training

Praise & Recognition

Our volunteers are recognized for their strong sense of professionalism and dedication.

Words of praise for RCM-SAR:

The Honourable David Anderson, Minister of the Environment & Member of Parliament (Victoria):

 Hovercraft during joint Station 25 & 20 SAREX

Hovercraft during joint Station 25 & 20 SAREX

Your commitment is known and understood by all from your participation in RCM-SAR. For 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, you accept a duty to stop what you are doing, leave your homes and offices, venture out in inclement weather and on to difficult waters to save the life of anyone, a neighbour, a friend, a complete stranger. Such unselfish actions demonstrate a commitment not only to the Coast Guard, but also to your community, to the province and the country and most importantly to humanity.

As one of many who frequently enjoys the lakes and coastal waters of British Columbia, I add my voice to the chorus and say thank you for your efforts and dedication.

The Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Victoria coordinates Search and Rescue resources when an incident occurs:

Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR) is an extremely valuable resource to the safety network as their vessels and crews are community-based and distributed all along the West Coast. Although they are volunteers, the RCM-SAR are trained and equipped to respond effectively to a wide variety of missions in challenging conditions. Their presence enables a much faster and more comprehensive response than would otherwise be possible if only federal resources were employed.