Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMRWA) is a not for profit organisation representing 37 volunteer marine rescue groups across Western Australia.

To learn about its origins and what it does to support the groups read more about Our History, Vision and Strategic plans here.

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Who We are and What we Do

Our Committee
The leadership group of VMRWA is made up of individuals who are actively involved within individual member groups.

Our Member Groups
VMRWA is made up of 37 Volunteer Marine Rescue Groups across WA from Esperance to East Kimberley and includes Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Our Vision
We want the people of WA to be able to enjoy and utilise WA's magnificent coastline and waterways in the safest possible way.

Strategic Planning
To make our vision possible we need to have strategies in place that will allow us to reach our goals.

History & Philosophy

  • 1973
    The first volunteer sea rescue groups were established or forming at various locations in WA.
  • 1997
    The Minister for Police and Emergency Services transferred coordination of Marine Rescue from WA Police to the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA).
  • 2002
    Formal recognition of Marine Rescue Services as an Emergency Service was incorporated into the FESA Act.


Our thanks for the help in getting us back to shore and safety. You guys do a great job..
Thanks for the assistance in providing support vessels again for the Busselton event, your continued support is very much appreciated.