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There’s a role for you

Auckland Coastguard rescue crews are all volunteers. Our vessels are on standby 24/7, 365 days of the year and require crewing. It’s a big commitment but comes with big rewards – saving lives at sea.

Become a Volunteer

Auckland Coastguard owns, maintains, and operates three dedicated rescue vessels. These vessels are entirely crewed by volunteers and provide 24/7 emergency assistance to boaties and our community, around the Hauraki Gulf and beyond.

We are always in need of reliable, committed, team spirited and motivated people to crew these vessels so they can effectively save lives at sea

Being an Auckland Coastguard volunteer requires dedication and extensive training. What we are looking for are volunteers that are good all-rounders who can contribute to a team environment.  You must be physically fit, with good English skills (English is the official language of mariners), good hearing and the ability to understand and follow instructions.  You should have some practical ability to work with equipment (such as stretchers, pumps, and rescue equipment). Boating experience is a plus, and you must be able to swim. It is preferred that you live within a 15-20-minute drive(off-peak) from our base at Mechanics Bay, Parnell.

You must be a NZ Citizen or full NZ Resident. Candidates will undertake practical assessment prior to being invited to start initial training.

Coastguard offers the opportunity for Volunteers to serve the community while having fantastic opportunities for learning and personal development. You also get to use some very well equipped and capable boats!

Our volunteers are part of New Zealand’s army of humble heroes, helping save lives at sea and assisting people in trouble.

If you think you have what it takes, simply follow the link below and fill in the application form.

Together we save lives at sea