Local Pender Harbor SAR service operates through some basic and local safety programs available to residents of the Pender Harbor area.
Royal Canadian Navy Search and Rescue Station 61, Pender Harbor would like residents and visitors to the Sunshine Coast to know how to reach us if they require our assistance: cell phone #727 or *16, VHF channel 16 (156.8 MHz) or 1-800-567-5111.
We are very excited about two programs that we will continue to have in place for the 2022 season.
The first is the popular “Kids Don’t Float” program. Kids Don’t Float signs and loaner PFDs for babies, toddlers and young children will be placed at the docks at Madeira Park, John Henry’s and Pender Harbor Resort in Garden Bay and Egmont. If you’re heading out on the water with your kids and realize you’ve forgotten their PFD, you can borrow one from one of these loaner stations and return it at the end of your outing. It’s all part of our mission to save lives on the water and ensure our youngest sailors are safe out there. Special thanks to Ian and Fay Wright, who just made a very generous donation specifically to this program! Ian has served with Station 61 for many years and continues to contribute in many ways.
The second program is our free Vessel Safety Audit available to boaters in our area. RCMSAR Station 61 crew members will visit your vessel at a reserved time and check items such as the general condition of the vessel, number of PFDs on board, fire extinguisher, etc. and let you know if anything needs to be checked or repaired to keep you safe on the water. These are courtesy inspections only and are intended to highlight items that need to be addressed in order to comply with Transport Canada’s Small Vessel Regulations. For more information and to book your security check, please visit our website: rcmsar61.ca/safety.
As the weather warms up and the days get longer, the temptation will be great to go on the water. If you venture outside, pay attention to your self-rescue ability, wear a PFD, check that all mandatory safety and lifesaving equipment is on board and working properly and that you know where it is and how to use it. Leave a travel plan with a responsible person so that it is easier to help you when needed. To help you assess the weather conditions in your area, our website offers real-time webcams: rcmsar61.ca/webcam.html.
We also remind everyone that knowledge of and compliance with collision regulations (easily found online with a Google search) is mandatory for all, and that a slow speed and no-wake rule is in effect in the port area of Pender Harbor. We warmly encourage all users of our beautiful coastline to adopt safe boating practices and to be considerate of your fellow boaters, kayakers, paddlers, etc.
RCMSAR is volunteer-based and heavily dependent on donations (see above) to carry out our valuable mission of saving lives on the water. We would love to hear from anyone interested in volunteering, whether as a crew member or with valuable fundraising and administration, and anyone interested in donating. Donations can be made through our website at rcmsar61.ca/donate and are tax deductible.