Volunteer Marine Rescue

Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Associations in South Australia assist search and rescue (SAR) authorities by providing a 24-hour response to marine emergencies. 
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There are six independently incorporated Associations plus marine units of the State Emergency Service (SES) that are strategically located throughout the State. The majority of SAR operations are conducted under the co-ordination of the South Australia Police who are the recognised Authority under the National Search and Rescue Plan. In addition to providing an on-water rescue capability, VMR Associations and the SES operate a number of limited coastal listening stations around the State that provide a listening watch over marine radio frequencies, particularly the VHF network. 


The position of Manager, Volunteer Marine Rescue falls within the State Emergency Service and has shared functions within that organisation and the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM). The main duties involve the overall co-ordination of VMR Groups and SES marine operations, administration and representation on relevant committees and liaison with Government on related marine SAR matters.

The South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron offers a range of volunteer activities irrespective of age or gender and in doing so provides training to ensure its volunteers can carry out his/her duties safely and efficiently.

This video demonstrates some of the key responsibilities and duties of the Squadron.

For further information or general enquiries please contact Darryl Wright, Manager, Volunteer Marine Rescue, via email wright.darryl@ses.sa.gov.au, phone 08 8204 1672 or G.P.O. Box 2706, Adelaide SA 5001

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