VMR Bribie Island

About VMR Bribie Island

VMR Bribie Island is a volunteer organisation dedicated to:

  • promoting, fostering and supporting boating safety amongst members, and the boating public generally, by arranging training and education programs
  • providing a rescue service, a rescue base and such equipment deemed necessary for the operation of the rescue service and the Association generally.

How did we evolve?

The Unit was born out of the Bribie Island Boating and Fishing Club, which in 1970 assumed responsibility for assisting mariners in distress. It became Bribie Island Air Sea Rescue in 1982 and changed its name to VMR Bribie Island Inc. in March 1997.

How to become a member?

To become a member of VMR Bribie Island you can join online, or come into our Base to complete your application form. Members of VMR Bribie Island can enjoy many benefits including:

  • breakdown assistance (for members with rescue coverage);
  • full membership and vessel details recorded in our database;
  • access to first aid, radio and navigation courses as well as a number of safety and boating information sessions held throughout the year;
  • regular social events including our monthly Sunset Drinks on the last Friday of each month at the base;
  • reimbursement of up to $100 per year for tows undertaken by other VMR/Coastguard units on presentation of a receipt (for members with rescue coverage); and
  • overnight/weekend secure car and trailer parking at our base

How is the unit run?

VMR Bribie Island is an independent organisation dedicated to the local community. It is affiliated with VMR Queensland, taking direction from the Queensland Police Service (Water Police). We receive subsidies from The Queensland Government, Moreton Bay Regional Council and other bodies. The bulk of operating funds are raised by members, with the generous support of the local community.

Operational Information

VMR Bribie Island Rescue vessels are on the water every weekend, and on all Public holidays from 0700 to 1700 hours. All other hours are covered by rostered crews to ensure a full 24 hour/7 day service.

Our area of operation covers some 500 square miles (including Pumicestone Passage), commencing 2 nautical miles south of the Caloundra Bar, to 10 nautical miles off Moreton Island, and North of a line East/West of Tangalooma in Moreton Bay.

The radio room operates all year round seven days a week from 0600 to 1800 hours during summer months, and 0600 to 1800 hours during winter months on 27MHZ Channels 86,88,90, and on VHF Channels 16,21,67,73,81.