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The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue

As an integral part of the the Canadian Search and Rescue (SAR) system, RCMSAR's mission is to save lives on the water while achieving our vision of excellence in community-based marine safety.


The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue area includes more than 29,500 square kilometres of coastline, 6,500 islands, and approximately 450,000 square kilometres of internal and offshore waters.

It is a challenge to provide SAR response capability to such a large area, and our volunteers meet the challenge with determination and professionalism.

We are a marine SAR resource which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If necessary, our volunteers are willing and ready to risk their lives to help anyone in distress on the water.

Annual Report

Overall Stats (Last 12 Months)
SAR/Safety Units 36
Administrative Units 6
Assets 72
Personnel (crew) 1008
Personnel (non-crew) 97
SAR Missions 688
Total Mission Hours 1269.71
Training Exercises 2791
Total Training Hours 6890.25
Classroom Sessions 1623
Total Classroom Hours 2743.75
Other Activities 2916
Total Activity Hours 7883.09
Total Hours 18786.80
Person Hours 76259.74
People Assisted 528
People Saved 128
Property Value $15,893,485.00

Mission Statement

Our objectives are to:
  • Save 100% of lives at risk
  • Reduce the number and severity of SAR incidents
  • Promote marine safety
  • Support the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Provide a humanitarian service
  • Maintain the highest professional standards
  • Promote dedication and pride of membership

Praise & Recognition

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

Words of praise for the CCGA-P:

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

Your commitment is known and understood by all from your participation in the CCG Auxiliary. 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 :

The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCG Aux) 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 CCG Aux 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.

Commodore Bill Hauger, District 13 US Coast Guard Auxiliary (Pacific Northwest):

District 13 is appreciative of our friends to the North. We enjoy our friendship with you, but we also watch carefully how you accomplish your missions. We admire you and the work you do; we are proud of you and your devotion to Boating Safety.


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