Our rescue crew are all unpaid volunteers who are on standby for duty.
It takes a special kind of person to give up your time and to risk your life. 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.
Our first priority with volunteers is commitment and participation – distance from the rescue base (ideally 10 minutes) and time available for rescues and training are most important. 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 lot of cleaning-up involved. It can take anywhere from 6 months to 12 months before you will be ready for a real-life rescue. 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.
A lot of our theory training is presented online, and some of these courses are available to the public. You are welcome to register on https://bravobravo.co.za/ to get a feel for the material and method of teaching.
If you would like to sign up, as a volunteer please contact your nearest rescue base and ask if you can be included in their next open day meeting for new recruits. Here is a map of our rescue bases around the country https://www.nsri.org.za/rescue/rescue-bases/
If you have specific questions you are welcome to call us during office hours on 021 434 4011 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org