Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday is a volunteer organisation, and is part of VMR Queensland.  The main objective is to save life at sea.

The squadron commenced in 1964 as “Whitsunday Air Sea Rescue Squad” and in 1989 the Whitsunday Coastguard amalgamated with Air Sea Rescue. The Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday was formed as an incorporated association in 1995, after Air Sea Rescue changed their name to Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday.


It was the first amalgamation of such groups in Queensland and Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday was given the honour of naming their rescue vessel VMR 1, being the first official VMR vessel. All our current and subsequent boats bear the same name.

Above: Our 11.9 metre NoosaCat – Coral Sea Marina VMR1

Our operations base, training venue, radio base and social venue are at home in the Whitsunday Marine Club in Altmann Avenue, Cannonvale.  Our rescue vessels are located at Coral Sea Marina, with berthing for both vessels offered free of charge by Coral Sea Marina|Resort our Platinum Sponsor.


Above: Our 6.7 metre Naiad RHIB – Whale Song VMR2

We have approximately 1000 members in the organisation, which given the number of vessels, both private and commercial in the area is actually quite low.

Out of these members we have about 50 active personnel who staff the radio base, fund-raise, crew our vessel, manage the organisation and every other necessary role.


Our volunteers, come from all walks of life including commercial skippers, accountants, retirees, business owners, helicopter mechanics and much more. Join our diverse group of volunteers today and be part of this unique professional team.

For more information on VMR Whitsunday, download the VMR key facts sheet (PDF).