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 vessel.
To train on our VMR1 assistance vessel, or attend activations it is necessary to join as a member for insurance purposes. Active membership also includes normal membership benefits if you own a vessel. 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 would like to volunteer for radio duties only, you are also entitled to joining and renewal fees of $10 per annum however you cannot act as crew on the rescue vessel or receive boat rescue benefits.
What do I need to consider?
Before you volunteer, it is suggested that you consider the time commitment and mandatory process requirements (induction, health declaration, training requirements etc). You will be required to attend training and also undertake formal qualifications as appropriate to your crew level, within a stipulated time limit. Radio Base volunteers can request a time slot to suit their availability however there are no rosters for Rescue vessel crew as calls for assistance can happen anytime! Do you feel you could handle the (sometimes demanding) requirements to be part of a 24/7 Search and Rescue team? If so….great!
I’m interested – what next?
Why not come along to one of the Monthly Meetings? This would be a good opportunity to chat with other volunteers over a BBQ and a drink, as well as have all your questions answered.
After becoming a member, 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.