It takes a special kind of person to give up their time and to risk their life. Sea Rescue is run by 980 unpaid volunteers around the country. Even our board of directors are volunteers.
It is most useful to have new recruits who are familiar with the sea, radio operation, navigation or first aid but, whatever your talent, we can put you to good use. Training is done after hours in the evening or on weekends. Standby for rescues is a 24/7 commitment, and best suited to people who live 10 minutes from a rescue base.
Volunteering is not glamorous work. There is a lot of training and a whole lot of cleaning up involved. It will be six months before you will be ready for a real-life rescue. So, if you are thinking Baywatch, then you will have to think again. Team effort is essential.
If you prefer to stay on dry land you could help a rescue base with admin work, maintenance tasks or as the radio controller. Each base would also appreciate a “mother” who is on hand with hot coffee and dry towels when they return from sea.
Coastwatchers (usually retired folk who have a good view of the ocean from their homes) are an important part of the team as they act as “spotters”. Special training and equipment is supplied.
In terms of fundraising – it may seem a mindless task, but a street collection can raise around R40,000 for one morning’s work. If you are humble enough to join us and shake a tin, we would love to have you.
You may like to read about a recent recruitment day in Durban
To volunteer, email:
* your personal details,
* the town/suburb where you live/work,
* your commitments at work and home,
* which rescue base you would like to join,
* as well as a list of skills/talents you have to offer
to email@example.com or visit your nearest rescue base when they are training on the weekends.