Volunteering | Jurien Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue Group Inc

Volunteering

Want to become a Volunteer?

We are always looking for prospective volunteers to crew our rescue boat “Crikey” as well as radio operators, cleaners, gardeners and anyone who can undertake general duties. All training is provided and you will be joining a friendly, enthusiastic and happy team!   You may even get to dress up and participate in the Indian Ocean Festival!

What does our Group do?

Our Volunteers play a significant and vital role in helping to ensure our local community is a safe place in which to work, live and play. Our volunteers serve the community on a voluntary basis by providing a commitment in time, knowledge and expertise in operational and non-operational roles.  We work closely with the Western Australian Police Service (WAPOL) performing search and rescue missions at sea.

Marine rescue volunteers provide a range of emergency management services including:

  • Assisting WAPOL to search for missing people or vessels.
  • Providing help to drifting vessels unable to make their own way.
  • Assisting in operations to remove grounded or submerged vessels.
  • Providing a safety net through lodgement of sail plans.

Rescue assistance includes:

  • Provision of senior first aid, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation or expired air resuscitation.
  • Towing damaged vessels back to shore or launching ramp.
  • Re-supplying water or fuel to stranded vessels.
  • Providing advice on voyage planning, radio communications and actions to take during an emergency at sea.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

  • Ongoing training.
  • Personal protective equipment supplied as required.
  • Insurance cover when undertaking VMR roles.
  • Opportunity to use existing skills and gain new ones that may be useful in the workplace.
  • Help others in the community.
  • Opportunities to meet new people and make new friends.
  • Be active.
  • Challenge yourself.
  • Access to DFES Support Services.

About the roles

Volunteers undertake various roles according to their abilities, interests and what they are comfortable with. The roles are diverse and include:

  • Crewing a marine rescue vessel.
  • Radio communications.
  • Chart reading and navigation.
  • Boating and sea safety education.
  • Training and assessment.
  • Administration.

Training

Volunteers undertake training, respond to emergency situations and may also involve themselves in marine educational activities designed to improve safety for the boating public. Training may depend on your level of responsibility and may include:

  • Occupational safety and health at sea.
  • Marine radio operation.
  • Coastal navigation.
  • Radar.
  • Work team communications.
  • Engineering knowledge.
  • Senior first aid.

Following training you will be equipped to carry out a range of activities such as those listed below:

  • Undertaking the role of Skipper or Crew on a dedicated marine rescue vessel;
  • Operating local marine radio services;
  • Conducting accredited training courses in marine safety.

Being a volunteer and undertaking regular training means you can:

  • Develop new skills and knowledge.
  • Apply existing skills and knowledge to different situations.
  • Maintain your current skills and competencies.
  • Take the opportunity to be creative and develop initiative.
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Improve your interpersonal, communication and team-working skills.

Your Commitment

Your commitment depends upon your responsibilities. In most cases it can be tailored to suit both you and our group, however, it is envisaged that a minimum of two attendances are required each month.   You are expected to:

  • Be available to attend incidents whenever possible.
  • Attend training as required.
  • Carry out duties in a safe and professional manner.
  • Operate and maintain equipment correctly.
  • Attend group meetings regularly.
  • Work effectively with other groups and agencies.
  • Because members work as a team, you are required to participate in activities such as busy bees and regular maintenance and routine checks of vessels and equipment.

Any Questions or want to know more?

Please contact:

Boat Crew

Ian Stiles
Bosun
0427 313 411

Radio & General

Dolly Lucas
Secretary
0439 315 988

You are welcome to call in and meet our friendly and happy volunteers and have a chat over a cuppa. The Marine Rescue Tower is located at the end of Breakwater Drive past the marina.

Application Form

If you would like an application form or have any questions please contact:

Dolly Lucas
Secretary
0439 315 988

Thank you from the Volunteers at Jurien Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue Group Inc.