Become a Volunteer

All of our on-water and on-land crews in Marine Rescue Port Douglas are Volunteers.

When you become a MRPD Volunteer you’ll be part of a growing, vibrant organisation providing vital safety services to the boaties of the Douglas Shire and mariners from other parts of Australia and the world transiting our waters.

Our members come from all walks of life and there is a job for almost everyone, whether it is crewing one of our vessels, maintaining radio communications at the base or providing the on-land support needed to keep the operation afloat.

Volunteers must be 16 years or older. If you already have some boating skills, that’s great. If not, we can teach you everything you’ll need to know from the water up, including getting your Marine Licences, First Aid training and your Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP) for radio..

We’re always on the lookout for people from a range of backgrounds who have valuable technical, practical, administrative or life skills to contribute to the smooth and efficient operation of a unit, such as accounting, engineering, electrical, plumbing, marketing, teaching or communications knowledge.


Becoming a Marine Rescue Port Douglas Volunteer involves a significant commitment from you and us. You will be expected to dedicate the time and study and we dedicate the time and teaching.

We would like you to tell us a little bit about yourself before we get together. Please complete this enquiry form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.