Coastguard New Zealand membership can be broken into 2 distinct categories, Supporter Members and Active Members. Nationally Coastguard has approximately 1,800 active volunteer members and over 12,000 supporter members.
A Supporter member is a member who pays an annual subscription to belong to their local Coastguard Unit. This membership allows them to make use of all the additional non emergency services that Coastguard provides, and provides assurance and peace of mind, that if they get into difficulty out on the water, the Coastguard will be there to help them out.
A supporter membership is not restricted to those people who own boats. Other people who enjoy water activities should also consider the benefits available to them if they are a member of their local Coastguard. kayakers, fishermen and divers in particular are also assisted by the Coastguard should they get into difficulty.
To become either a Supporter Member of Coastguard Mana for just $45/yr please click the following link:
An active volunteer is a person who belongs to a local Unit and assists with the running of that Unit. An active volunteer can be a crew member who will learn the skills required to assist as a crew member or a skipper on a Coastguard rescue vessel. Other roles include Radio Operator, Engineering or Committee Member. A committee role can include general organisation, fundraising and media responsibilities or training and safety responsibilities. Every one has a strength in a particular area and an active volunteer can contribute to the Coastguard in a variety of ways.
The dedication of an active volunteer is rewarded by the new friendships formed not only with other members but also with the people whose lives are saved by the amazing job that our active volunteers perform.
For more information on what volunteering entails and to sign up please see the volunteer page.