Warrnambool Coast Guard and Warrnambool Rotary are spearheading a campaign to get two personal water crafts for the region.
The city's Coast Guard is addressing a huge gap in the south-west's emergency services capability with no PWCs, also known as jet skis, servicing the region for near-coastal or inland water use.
Warrnambool Coast Guard commander Allan Wood said the two organisations were hoping to raise $35,000 for the two vessels, signage and a trailer.
"PWCs are quite rare in this environment but there are a few around in places like Torquay," Mr Wood said. "Right up the south-west coast there are no PWCs available for work.
"At the moment, we can't do close-to-shore rescues, we have an inflatable boat like the surf club but PWCs are more maneuverable and have faster acceleration.
"What we're about is providing this capability for ourselves or the surf clubs or State Emergency Service."
Principle approval has been received from the Marine Search and Rescue Office of Emergency Management Victoria to raise funds locally for the purchase of the PWCs.
Mr Wood said the vessels would be used between different emergency services across the south-west to improve search and rescue missions and each club's membership base.
"The PWCs would have to be operated by our people and if there was a need for it, we could provide the service for any other organisation," Mr Wood said.
"We expect there to be a cross-fertilisation of membership across the groups, for example some members of the SES might become a member of the Coast Guard."
To mark the 100th Anniversary of Rotary in Australia, Warrnambool Rotary is holding a golf event at the Warrnambool Golf Club on May 21 to raise funds for the PWCs.
Warrnambool Rotary president Glenn Brotchie said corporate and private individuals were invited to enter the event to support a significant fund raising initiative for the region.
"It's not only for our Coast Guard here, it's for the surf clubs all the way from Port Campbell to Portland as well as SES and other Coast Guards, it's a whole community project," Mr Brotchie said.
"We're trying to get 20 teams together to generate a $5000 profit to go towards the purchase.
"It's fabulous to be involved in something the whole community will get a positive outcome."
The entrance cost of $100 includes green fees, after golf meal and prizes.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up for community donations via gf.me/u/zm3wcw.
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