The Victor Harbor Goolwa Sea Rescue Squadron is a special team of Volunteers who are committed to the preservation of lives resulting from boating incidents in a safe and responsible way. The squadron operates in varying environmental conditions which requires dedication and a special skills set. Our workplace covers the seas from Penneshaw at the eastern end of Kangaroo Island to Cape Jervis past the Murray mouth, as well as the River Murray from the river mouth up to Wellington including Lake Alexandrina and the Coorong.
The Squadron story
The Victor Harbor Goolwa Sea Rescue Squadron started out life as an off shoot of the Power boat section of the Victor Harbor Yacht club who were often called on to do rescues, but in the mid “70s” started operating as a “Disciplined body” with the volunteers doing their own fund raising combined with donations and sponsorship to support the unit's operation. In 1987 with aid from sponsors and volunteers, our “Headquarters” building on Bridge Terrace was built and the squadron finally had a home. In 2003 when the squadron received its second boat it was housed at Goolwa to spread its assets to assist with response times especially if they were river, Coorong or lake based. Since those early days the squadron has come a long way both in professionalism, training and assets, the squadron now has a new storage shed based in Goolwa built in 2010 that houses a 7.5mtr Stabicraft and a 3.8mtr RIB. This along with a 7.0mtr Crighton and 7.2mtr RIB “Sealegs” housed at Headquarters Victor Harbor means we have these assets plus approximately 10 certified privately owned vessels in the flotilla to give us the numbers needed in our search and rescue operations considering the area we cover.
Along with our search and rescue duties we also provide support vessels for a number of events such as the “Milang – Goolwa” yacht race, Victor Harbor yacht club events and other various aquatic support requests. We have regular meetings and coordinated training along with club functions like an annual fishing competition followed by a Club dinner where presentations for the comp are made and also for various awards earned humorously during the year.
We are a member of Volunteer Marine Rescue along with 9 other S.A. units which includes 4 SES units and can be and have been called on to assist them in search and rescue tasks. We are currently based under the umbrella of SES but answer to the VMR SA Manager.