Eckerd College Search and Rescue

Eckerd College Search and Rescue

Eckerd College Search and Rescue

The Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team (EC-SAR) is one of the most unique co-curricular programs available to full-time, degree seeking Eckerd students.  It cannot be experienced at any other educational institution in the US!  Working closely with the US Coast Guard, 911 Emergency Medical Response, and other state and local agencies, the team provides maritime assistance to the boaters of Tampa Bay.  Students are trained in technical rescue, boating safety, seamanship, searching, fire fighting, de-watering, navigation, medical response, and evening piloting rescue vessels. 

Receiving more than 500 calls each year, EC-SAR responds to virtually any sort of distress, disaster, or problem imaginable.  Under the direction of professionally trained staff members, students coordinate the utilization of four rescue boats and an operations/communications center to save lives and property on a daily basis.


The team was founded in 1971 in an effort to provide safety services for the college's watersports activities. In 1977, EC-SAR extended its rescue services to the Tampa Bay boating community. EC-SAR received its first test of international proportions when the team was one of the first rescue units to respond to the Skyway Bridge disaster in May of 1980. The program has since grown to become one of the most respected search and rescue organizations on the west coast of Florida.

For More Information

We invite you to contact us and arrange a tour of our facilities and an opportunity to meet some of our students. Group multi-media presentations at your meeting and in-water demonstrations are also available. If you are interested in attending Eckerd College and would like to learn more about becoming a member of EC-SAR, we encourage you to contact us. Please call or write to our address below:

Ryan Dilkey
Coordinator of EC-SAR
Eckerd College Waterfront Program
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
(727) 864-8365 or

Upcoming Events

11th Annual Triton Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament
Friday, November 6

Family Fun Day at the Waterfront
Saturday, November 7

45th Anniversary of the Waterfront
Eckerd College Reunion Weekend, March 4 & 5, 2016

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