Cowell Sea Rescue commodore Dale Bailey has won a SA State Emergency Service medal in recognition of his volunteer work.
Mr Bailey has been a part of the Cowell Sea Rescue Squadron for about 16 years and has been operations captain since 2008, also taking on the role of commodore in 2016.
As commodore and operations captain, Mr Bailey works with local police and neighbouring flotillas to keep volunteers well trained and is always prepared to help in times of emergency.
Mr Bailey said boating had been a big part of his life since he was a child and he enjoyed marine activities from fishing to yacht racing.
"The water is my passion," he said.
Prior to moving to Cowell about 17 years ago, he spent some time assisting rescue activities in Adelaide.
When he moved to the town, he saw Cowell Sea Rescue as a great opportunity to help out in the community and get out on the water at the same time.
"The main reason was to help where I could... it's come a long way since," he said.
Mr Bailey said he and and his partner now monitor the marine radio at all times, taking phone calls at any hour of the night to head around the Eyre Peninsula to assist when required.
The State Emergency Service medal, this year awarded to two out of approximately 550 active marine rescue volunteers across the state, recognises those who go the extra mile to keep their unit strong and promote safety in their community.
Mr Bailey said he was excited and surprised when he was informed he had been successfully nominated for the medal by members of his squadron.
"It was a complete surprise," he said.
"I'm very pleased and proud."
He said he was grateful for those who nominated him and said he could not have won the award without his squadron.
He said the Cowell Sea Rescue, currently a group of approximately 20 members, was always looking for new volunteers and he hoped the recognition may spark an interest for members of the Cowell community.
"It's good for a little club like Cowell... good for our local community," he said.
State minister for emergency services Corey Wingard presented Mr Bailey with his medal at an event in Adelaide on November 29.