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Our volunteers are the heart and soul of Coastguard.

Without our 2,300+ volunteers around the country, New Zealand would have no maritime search and rescue service. Our volunteers provide over 315,000 hours of their time every year to make sure you can enjoy our magnificent waterways, secure in the knowledge that should anything go wrong, Coastguard will be there to help.


Find out how you can become part of our team:

Coastguard search and rescue volunteers

Discover what it means to be a Coastguard search and rescue volunteer - the sense of reward and camaraderie, the mental and physical challenges and the priceless opportunity to save lives on the water.

Coastguard shore crew volunteers

If you are enthusiastic about Coastguard but would prefer to be part of our shore crew, discover how your passion can be put to good use. Roles such as radio operator, incident controller, secretary and treasurer are all vital to our operation. 

Coastguard fundraising volunteers

Do you have a passion for motivating people and raising money? Want to help Coastguard save lives at sea? Our fundraising volunteers help raise funds for training equipment, operations and rescue vessels. 

Volunteer stories

Do you want to know what it’s really like to be a Coastguard volunteer? Hear from our people on the ground. 

How to apply

Find out how to become a Coastguard volunteer and make a positive difference in your community! 

Current vacancies

Find out where we need your help.




You can support Coastguard volunteers and save lives at sea!

Donate to Coastguard

Become a Member

Boat with confidence, knowing Coastguard will always be there when you need us.

Find out how to become a member

Book a Course

Increase your knowledge and confidence by completing a boating course.

Book a boating course
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