Are you interested in volunteering as an active member of VMR Whitsundays? We would love to have you!
How can I get involved?
There are numerous opportunities to become involved eg fundraising, radio operations, management, training and maintenance, as well as volunteering as boat crew for our Search and Rescue vessels.
- If you would like to volunteer to help with fundraising, maintenance, assisting with events etc., please email email@example.com.
- If you would like to volunteer for radio duties only, it is necessary to join as a member for insurance purposes however this is set at $10 per annum.
- To train on our VMR1 assistance vessels and/or go out for activations it is necessary to be a financial member which includes normal membership benefits. On renewal after a period of satisfactory active membership you are entitled to a substantial reduction in membership fees – approved Active members currently pay an annual $10 renewal fee.
- If you do NOT own a boat and would like to train on our assistance vessels and/or go out for activations, the membership is set at the same rate as for radio room volunteers i.e. $10 per annum.
What do I need to consider?
The following applies primarily if you would like to volunteer to be part of the active crew on our rescue vessels.
Becoming a volunteer for VMR Whitsundays can be rewarding to be part of a Marine Emergency Service. You have the opportunity to achieve the personal satisfaction of saving lives at sea and serving the Whitsunday Community.
However, marine emergencies often have human life or danger to vessels or other people involved so you must have a long term commitment and be prepared to be trained in Volunteer Marine Rescue requirements.
If you are interested in serving on our Rescue Vessels you will be required to react as part of a team with practiced methods – seconds can be crucial if lives are threatened or in difficult conditions. You will be required to undertake skills training as well as other specific courses, such as Radio Operations, First Aid and Elements of Shipboard Safety, as appropriate to your crew level. You will receive an induction and cannot progress to Active Crew status until you serve a minimum number of training sessions and you will be reviewed following a 3 month probation period.
To serve as a Boat Crew member, you need to live within 20 minutes of Coral Sea Marina, as often the speed that we take to depart is important. There are no rosters for Rescue vessel crew as calls for assistance can happen at any time. You will be required to log in weekly to our on-line Crew Member availability app and crews are selected for activations from the app’s list of available crew members.
Before you apply, it is suggested that you consider whether you are prepared to make the time commitment and fulfil the mandatory process requirements (induction, health declaration, training requirements etc).
Radio Operators are required for attendance when the Radio Base is open on weekends. Volunteers can request a time slot to suit their availability on a monthly roster system. You must have, or be willing to undertake studies in Radio operations.
I’m interested – what next?
Come along to one of the Monthly Meetings. This would be a good opportunity to chat with other volunteers and senior management over a BBQ and a drink, as well as have all your questions answered.
After becoming a member (if you aren’t already), an interview and induction would be arranged to discuss your interests and provide direction for how you can become involved.
If you would like to know more, please complete the form below and a Committee member will contact you.