The St Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation is operated through our voluntary members. These members come from all walks of life and together they keep the St Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation operational.
Our current group consists of 12 members all with some affiliation with the water or our foundation. Of these members five are elected in the board. These elections take place every two years.
Below you will find some more information about some of our members and their motivation of being with the St Maarten Sea Rescue.
I was asked to join Sea Rescue by one of its members for years, but because my schedule was so hectic, I couldn’t commit. In 2011, after I started my own company my time was more flexible, so I joined and became a board member soon after. I realize my experience in the military as part of the navy rescue team and having worked on and around boats for most of my adult life, I can contribute to the foundation and its efforts to give assistance to the mariners around the waters of St. Maarten.
Ankie, a 50 yr. old world citizen of Dutch origin. Hospitality is my trade and swimming and sailing a passion. Sint Maarten is an island….surrounded by water. My contribution to the SSRF might be small, but might make a difference to that one person or boat that is out there seeking refuge. The SSRF volunteers try to keep the waters surrounding the island of Sint Maarten safe and I am proud to be a part of that!
I joined Sea Rescue Foundation at the age of 13, in 2011. I started swimming lessons at 3 years old and got my rescue certificate when I was 10 years. Because my father worked around boats I was always around them and loved being on the water. I got my junior sailing certificate when I was 8 years old where I learned how to tie knots and how important it is to know the direction where the wind is coming from. After I joined Sea Rescue I learned so much more and proud to be a member.
I joined the St Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation after reading a story about their mission in Anguilla searching for a missing fisherman. Being involved in the community is important and as Sea Rescue we have the opportunity to help people in need. St Maarten is a small island with many boat movements and water sports and having the Sea Rescue available is of the utmost importance!
Marco – I’ve been visiting the island since 2004. About 2 years ago I made the move to Sint Maarten and have joined the Sea Rescue ever since. I think what the Sea Rescue does for this island is a good thing and I’m proud to be a part of it.