Prospective members for on water duties.......
Retention of our members is very good and normally we rely on small intakes when needed..
Please bear with us while we consider your application.  Apart from our General Manager who administers our multi million dollar assets, our Unit activities are fully volunteer run and communication does slow up from time to time. We value your interest and will do our best to communicate with you efficiently.
Please read our requirements for a Coastguard Volunteer very carefully and note that we are very selective. Being advised of these pages does not constitute an invitation to join, it is just the start of a process that could take months. also need to appreciate that our selections are made on criteria for the position that has to be filled. This may not include the length of time somebody has been on the waiting list.
There is no hurry... do your research about Coastguard well. As your passion to be one of us grows so to does your worth to us..... There is a lot to read here and if you are going to be one of us you will appreciate that there is a lot to think about....

Want to be an Auckland Coastguard SAR Volunteer?

Left: It is not uncommon for more than one boatie to break down at the same time. Better if they are going home to the same place. Here its up the Tamaki River to Half Moon Bay.




Our Promise to the Community
Our promise is a simple formula established by being Respectful, Dedicated and Kiwi. Its is built on a platform of doing the right thing because its our human duty to do so. It embodies trust from the communities we serve. And its is worded in a way that is simple, single minded and unmistakable.

You are not going to get paid for this
There is no financial remuneration for being a Coastguard volunteer. Reward is the satisfaction of serving others, the respect others have for you and the comradeship you find as a member of a tight well trained team. You will get a free uniform shirt when you complete the process to become a TRAINEE.
There are other uniform items available at subsidised prices.
Coastguard provides the necessary safety clothing and equipment.
Otherwise this volunteer service is at your own expense.

Before you do anything else ask yourself do you have enough commitment
Now and again a volunteers realise they do not have it.
You are free to leave at any time.

Put your photograph on the fridge so your kids know who you are?
Only joking, emergencies do not occur or pan out like they do on TV.
You can participate fully here and have balance in your life. There is no expectation that it should be any other way. Now and again we all have to put in extra time and effort.
Some members are out almost every weekend. by choice. We have some checks and balances in that area.
I you only want to be a Coastguard Volunteer every couple of months there is no point in being here at all.

You have to enjoy this and want to do it
The day you just want it over with and dread the next duty, it is time to call it quits.
Of course there may be something wrong and we do have processes to discuss your concerns in confidence.
There are plenty of people to take your place and you could take a break and come back if you feel like it.

How long do you have to be here?
For as long as you want to do the job and can do the job. But we prefer service of three years or more.
This is not an organisation where people take much notice of how long you have been here.
It is how well you do the job that means most.

What age can you start and how long can you serve?
Over the years sixteen year-olds have joined the unit and done very very well. But times have changed and there are now many conventions governing youth involvement in all walks of life. At this time we do not have the volunteer resources and knowledge to provide for those under18 years-of-age.
Recruiting is thus restricted to those 18 years-of-age and over.
We have several long serving SAR members still operational and effective up to 70 years-of-age.
Starting from scratch after 55-years-of-age is another matter and Auckland Coastguard in the interests of the safety of the other crew members reserves the right decline an application on the grounds of age. You might be a suitable candidate for our Shore Party but bear in mind there is no transition from there.
There is a fitness declaration incorporating these items.
A medical certificate must be provided if requested in writing. That you are reasonably fit and all medical problems must have been declared at the time of the first interview. Where clarification is necessary this must be completed before an Induction Course can be commenced. If issues are found not to have been declared course completion and membership can retrospectively be cancelled.
If you are on ACC you cannot start training unless you can produce written permission from ACC.
If you have any coronary condition. You cannot start this course without a medical certificate.
The bottom line.... if you have a health issue it will one day impact on the lives of your shipmates.

What surprises are in store?
When they finish patrol for the day crew clean the boat from top to bottom. Vacuum cleaners, window cleaners, scrubbers, toilet brushes, pot scrubbers and all sorts of cleaning equipment are put to use.
Right its all done, suddenly the pager goes off and away we go. You are going to have to clean the boat all over again. The record is four times.

On LION and ASB do overnight patrols and live aboard. You get one meal allocated per duty by the Chief of the Boat. The decision what to cook for that meal is your responsibility,. You also pay for that food, bring it to the boat. You get excused the dishes for that meal.
The quality of the cooking is unusually high and bad cooks try a lot harder after they learn about man overboard drill. Not a great place to have fussy eating habits.

Have you got what it takes?
From the time your foot touches the deck of a Rescue Vessel you have to be ready to go.  Actually from the day you earn the right to wear the Coastguard logo you are ready to go and the best sort of Coastguarder is the one who never stops looking for somebody with a problem.
Think about this.
You and your team have been searching for hours for a person in the water.
It is cold, wet and windy and you are very uncomfortable.
Night is approaching and you won't be going home any time soon.
Will you remain alert, determined to be the one who spots the victim?
Or will you just be pretending?

On the water you can be responding to a person in need at any time. Those needs can range from a simple jump start for a flat battery right up to some of the most serious accidents you could possibly contemplate. There is no time drop you off somewhere and there is no place to hide you on a Rescue Vessel when we arrive ON SCENE.

A Coastguard SAR volunteers life...

1. Work as a team player, with open communication but always respect skipper's authority.
2. Respond 24/7 when on call, and on rare occasions for several hours with deprived sleep.
3. You might be in confined spaces, and uncomfortable positions on occasions.
4. Almost certain you will need to keep balance on an unstable vessel.
5. You might not know you are prone to sea sickness. Most people can treated for it but not all.
6. You will be exposed to the elements and if necessary get wet in order to save lives or prevent injury.
7. You will have to sometimes work in a dark compartment with minimal OR NO lighting.
8. You have to maintain concentration for long periods for the likes of searching, navigation & helming.
9. You must have a good level of oral and written communication skills.
10. Full colour recognition required, (Ishihara Plates test), although glasses are permitted.
11. Satisfactory hearing is needed to enable communication with crew and radios.
12. Have sufficient joint and muscle strength & flexibility to:
   a) Maintain firm hand and foot holds at all times.
   b) Assist another crew member to lift a fire pump onto a vessel alongside.
   c) Assist another crew member to retrieve an unconscious victim from alongside.
   d) Retrieving the anchor, throw & secure lines and tow rope.
   e) Assist another crew member to transfer a patient on a stretcher onto a wharf. 

You understand you must willingly;
Carry out your duties even at times when you would normally be in bed asleep.
Perform regardless of how bad the situation might be. The victims survival may depend on you acting properly and promptly.

If you read this far and still want to give it a go Email Us


Shore Crew members to not receive renumeration for their volunteer work.
Members of our Shore Crew are very special people.
They do not serve on the water and often do their work hidden away in the background.
Some have been Active SAR Crew but for one reason or another have 'swallowed the anchor" but others have never been on our boats.
You still get to be a part of a great organisation and get the thrill of making a real difference.

Right: Gordon is a retired RNZ Navy Warrant Officer has had a long and honourable career as SAR Crew in both Wellington and Auckland. 
He has received the RNZCG 25 year Long Service Award and many awards for excellence of service.
Unfortunately Gordie can no longer serve on our boats for medical reasons but he remains a tireless worker on the Shore Crew.

Shore Crew
They work on shore and physical demands are not the same as for Share Party as SAR Crew. The role should not be considered a lesser or inferior position. The crew on the water can only be as good as the equipment and support allows them to be. As Support Crew you will have a huge responsibility in the Unit.

If you are interested in SHORE CREW.
Please Email Us contact us to arrange a telephone discussion about what you have to offer. That is because we do need to establish if we have a need for the skills you are willing to provide.