Whitianga Coastguard Membership Application

Become a Volunteer

All around New Zealand, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, Coastguard volunteers are there for our communities, as part of the charity Saving Lives at Sea.

Why become a volunteer?

Coastguard is almost entirely staffed by volunteers. Over 1,980 people nationally volunteer over 291,000 hours of their time for Coastguard, helping to pull over 6,700 people to safety each year. Every unit remains on standby 24/7, 365 days a year, so the commitment is a big one.
By becoming a volunteer, you can be part of a close-knit team dedicated to saving lives at sea. Your personal contribution may one day save a life.
We need help from you, whether you have 4 or 40 hours a month to spare. You don’t even need to be a boatie! We need people with a variety of skills.

How can I help Coastguard?

Most people who volunteer for Coastguard want to make their contribution out on the water. But plenty of opportunities exist to contribute on land, too – you don’t need to be a boatie to help!
Wet Crew – these volunteers are the ones out on the water, making sure New Zealand’s boaties stay safe.
Radio Operators – they’re the main point of contact for boaties as well as our rescue crews. They receive and coordinate emergency incidents, as well as provide informational services such as Trip Reports, Weather broadcasts, from our Operations Room in Whitianga.

What’s in it for me?

  • An exciting and challenging role
  • First class Maritime Qualifications & Training
  • Teamwork skills
  • Risk Assessment experience
  • New friendships with like-minded people

All we need from you is your time, commitment and enthusiasm.

When you’re ready to apply simply email info@whitiangacoastguard.co.nz and let us know what type of volunteer you’d like to become.