To report a marine emergency VHF CH 16, Cell *16 or 911


Learn new skills, meet great people!

By participating you are helping make our local waters safe for everybody. RCMSAR is comprised solely of volunteers so the only way they can continue is with your support and participation of members of the community. Interested ? Send us an email

SearchRoyal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Unit 5 (Crescent Beach) unit with the Cormarant Search and Rescue helicopter in the background searches the waters of Boundary Bay for a missing boater.
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Requirements for Volunteers

You must be 19 years of age or over.

You have to obtain a valid Pleasure Craft Operator's Card.

You must get a Criminal Record Check.

You must live within 20 minutes (driving time) of Crescent Beach Marina.

You must work well in a team and have a positive attitude.

Within the first 4 months of joining the following is also required. Details will be provided at the orientation.

  • First aid certification - CPR-C
  • Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate - ROC-M

You don't get paid