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Become a volunteer

Members of Volunteer Marine Rescue Western Australia (VMRWA) groups play a vital role in ensuring the community is a safe place in which to live, work and play. Working in close liaison with WA Water Police, our volunteers coordinate and undertake search and rescue missions around inland waterways and at sea.

Each day in the life of a Marine Rescue volunteer brings something different and there is a role for anyone who wants to get involved.

Volunteer roles

Marine Rescue volunteers commit their time, knowledge and expertise in order to help save lives in both operational and non-operational roles.

The roles offered are diverse and include:

  • Skipper

  • Crew member

  • Radio operator

  • Navigation expert

  • Incident coordinator

  • Logistics personnel

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

  • Fundraiser

  • Support personnel

Further Information: What to expect being a volunteer

Volunteer opportunities

Marine Rescue volunteers undertake various roles according to their abilities and interests and what they are comfortable with.

The opportunities are diverse and can include:

  • Operating rescue vessels as skipper, radio operator, navigator or crew

  • Being part of the operations centre during search and rescue incidents

  • Providing administration support as part of your group’s management

  • Helping with the development and delivery of VMR training programs.

Junior membership and cadets program

If you are aged between 13 and 17 and would to volunteer, talk to your local member group about our junior membership and cadets program.

VMRWA recruitment process

So that you have a better understanding of what Volunteer Marine Rescue Western Australia (VMRWA) volunteers do, we have put together a recruitment flyer designed to answer some of the common questions we get asked by prospective volunteers.

Download the VMRWA recruitment flyer

Find a VMRWA group near you

The best way to find out what's involved is to get in touch with your local Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) group and have a chat to them.

Browse our clickable VMR locations map to find and contact your nearest member group.

 Volunteers’ Hardship Assistance Scheme

The purpose of the scheme is to provide emergency services volunteers with the opportunity to seek financial assistance during times of hardship.

VMRWA Updates (Newsletter)

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