Our mission is to provide a permanent day and night search and rescue service to cover marine requirements in Canada and prevent the loss of life and injury.
Volunteering with the Yellowknife Marine Rescue Unit is both challenging and rewarding. You will learn new skills and refine your boating ability as you perform a valuable lifesaving service to your community in areas such as:
Skills you will learn:
- Radio Licensing
- Search Techniques
- Advanced Boat Handling
- Rescue Techniques
- Transport Canada certification in SVOP/MEDA3. (Small Vessel Operator Proficiency and Marine Emergency Duties A3)
Average Volunteer Commitment:
Only your time. The Yellowknife Marine Rescue Unit covers the costs of training and equipment. What we ask is that you make a serious commitment to the unit. Your crewmates and the boating public will be counting on you.
- Feb - May: 2-3 hours/week training
- June - Oct: 3-4 hours/week training
The following qualifications are required for volunteers:
- Be 18 years of age or older
-Commitment to attending training, a minimum of once per month
-Willing to be on call
-Previous boating knowledge and experience is an asset, but not a requirement!
We respond to 10-16 calls per season, most under 5 hours.
Most calls occur in the evening or on weekends when more recreational boaters are on the water.
If your work doesn't permit you to be on call, you can still join and train, but find another way to contribute. We always welcome any help with logistics, boat maintenance or fundraising.
Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide:
How to tie knots:
Remember to let someone know your travel plan
- Where you are going;
- Who you are going with;
- Estimated date/ time you will return;
- Name and description boat.