Inshore Rescue Boat Training and Season Operations Dates

Through the Inshore Rescue Boats-South Service Student Program, the Canadian Coast Guard hires and trains students each summer to become members of an Inshore Rescue Boat Crew. Topics such as boat handling and seamanship, local coastal navigation, search and rescue operations (search techniques, communications, etc.) and more are covered.

16 days training period (students are paid during the training period)

Season lenghts is 16 weeks (dates may vary depending on the region) see below.
  • Working schedule is a fourteen day cycle - two weeks on, followed by two weeks off (46.6 hour averaging work system). Visit the following Treasury Board link: Annex D - 46.6 Hour Averaging Work System and refer to section 7 for more information.

Note:

Further details regarding pay during the training period and work conditions, meals and accommodations will be provided by regional Canadian Coast Guard staff.

 

Central and Arctic Region

Saint-Laurent

Training dates:
May 12 to 27, 2018 

Where:
Québec city

Season of operations dates:
May 30 to September 03, 2018 (subject to change)

Contact information:
Laurence Ruelens-Lepoutre, Inshore Rescue Boat Coordinator
Email: DFO.Inshore_Rescue_Boat@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Great Lakes

Training dates:
April 27 to May 13, 2018

Where:
Canadian Forces Base, Trenton, Ontario

Season of operations dates: 
May 16 to September 03, 2018 (subject to change)

Contact information:
Canadian Coast Guard 
Central and Arctic Region (Great Lakes)
SAR Training Office
520 Exmouth, Sarnia, ON  N7T 8B1

Greg Birdsell, Search and Rescue Program Officer
Email: Greg.Birdsell@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

 

Western Region

Training dates:
April 30 to May 17, 2018 

Where:
Victoria, BC and Bamfield, BC

Season of operations dates: 
May 18 to September 03, 2018 (subject to change)

Contact information:
Kara Wiseman, Search and Rescue Program Officer
Email: Kara.Wiseman@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

 

Atlantic Region

Newfoundland and Labrador

Training dates:
May 02 to 18, 2018 

Where:
St. John's, NL Training to be conducted at Long Pond, C.B.S., NL

Season of operations dates:
May 19 to September 03, 2018 (subject to change)

Contact information:
Canadian Coast Guard
Search & Rescue
Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Service
SAR Traning Office
Southside Base
PO Box 5667, St. John's, NL  A1C 5X1

Stephen Sheppard, Search and Rescue Training Officer
Email: stephen.sheppard@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Maritimes (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island)

Training dates:
April 30 to May 18, 2018 

Where:
Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, NS

Season of operations dates: 
May 19 to September 03, 2018 (subject to change)

Contact information:
Isaac Longard, Search and Rescue Preparedness Officer
Email: Isaac.Longard@dfo-mpo.gc.ca