By joining the CLI you can contribute to marine safety in a variety of ways. We are constantly looking for individuals to serve as society members or to become trained crews for our vessels.

The CLI has no paid positions.


Can you help the Canadian Lifeboat Institution (CLI)? We are all volunteers and everyone is welcome. There are two primary ways that you can help us; join as a crew member (must also join the society), or become a society member only.

All crew and society members are entitled to access our restricted access monthly newsletters, packed full of information. They also get to attend specific events not open to the public.

Crew member

Crew members come from all walks of life and may not have a marine background. Our crew includes coxswains, engineers, and deck crew. We train dedicated volunteers on how to safely operate our vessels and provide them with specific search and rescue skills.

To become a CLI crew member, we require the following:

    • Be a minimum of 18 years old
    • Able to commit to regular training (both classroom and on-water). As SAR skills are diminishable, you must be able to commit to a minimum of four training sessions per month. We meet every Thursday from 18:45 – 21:15 and Saturdays from 08:30 – 12:30 for training sessions. Other events happen at different hours.
    • Have a reasonable level of fitness as SAR tasks can be physically demanding
    • Have or be able to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator’s Certificate (PCOC). We partner with MyBoatCard.com if you don’t have one already.
    • Have or be able to obtain a Restricted Radio Operator’s Certificate (ROC-M). We can recommend training providers if required.
    • Have or are able to obtain a Transport Canada Candidate Document Number (CDN)
    • Be able to pass a criminal records check to assist in any City of Delta or Emergency Management BC (EMBC) taskings. This process may involve fingerprinting for the vulnerable sector requirements.
    • Be willing to buy your uniform and accouterments as prescribed by us
    • Join the society, at a cost of $50 per year

Once you have been crew for a while, we will provide further Transport Canada-approved training including Small Non-Pleasure Domestic Vessel Basic Safety (SDV-BS) (the old Marine Emergency Duties MED-A3), and Marine Basic First Aid with CPR / AED. Other certifications may be added depending on your crew level.

We operate a 6-month probationary period for all new crew members.

Note: Due to COVID-19, the CLI may operate its vessels with a limited number of crew members that may require wearing masks inside the cabin and having at least 2 vaccine shots. Current public health orders will dictate our requirements.

Note: At all times the CLI has zero tolerance towards drug and alcohol abuse, including cannabis. You will not be allowed to train or participate in any vessel operations if you show signs of impairment (either from drugs or alcohol). Transport Canada Ship Safety Bulletin 12/1208 Legalization of cannabis in Canada and vessel operation deals with this subject.

Note: The CLI has zero tolerance for bullying and / or harassment. We operate in a harassment-free workplace.

Society member

Society members are very important to us. They may help with fundraising, finance, maintenance, and public relations, or may just want to be associated with a marine safety organization. Whatever the case, we would really like to have you as a member. The annual cost is $50 and can be paid by one of the following methods:

If you wish to join, please fill out the form below:

Member application form