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Welcome to the Lifeboat Crew Exchange website!


The Lifeboat Crew Exchange Project started in 2012, and is still going strong. Every year has been a great succes and we are looking forward to the next.


The next Lifeboat Crew Exchange will be from 22-29 September 2018!


If you are interested in the Crew Exchange Project, and would like to know more about it and how you could be involved, please visit our "Join Us" page.

To get a real impression of what the Crew Exchange Project is really like, visit our "Media Gallery".

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The IMRF European Region's lifeboat crew exchange project started in 2012 and has run in the first week of October each year since.

Crews cross borders to share experience and learn from each other. The duration of the exchange is six full days (Saturday to Saturday).

Linde Jelsma, the project coordinator, notes that the event has grown from 7 participating countries in 2012 to 11 in 2015. Interest in future exchanges has been expressed by other lifeboat organisations, including some from outside Europe.

The exchange focusses on sharing knowledge and experience across borders, learning different techniques, and developing communication skills in a universal nautical – and SAR – language: "making friends for life" as one crew member wrote in his evaluation of his own exchange experience.

Future plans for the exchange project are to implement it as a standard training event, with a more strategic approach. Linde is currently applying for new European Union funding under the 'Erasmus Plus' scheme. She is also considering other long term investment options, including sponsorship and crowd funding options. We would like to replicate this successful idea in other parts of the world too.

Interested? Visit the Lifeboat Crew Exchange Website and the Crew Exchange Facebook page.


Videos of Crew Exchange

Estonia - 2017 IMRF Crew Exchange in Iceland 2017 - Day 4  Iceland - 2017 - Clip Estonia - 2017 - Clip Estonia - 2017 - The Crew Members



Sweden - 2016 Germany - 2016 Iceland - 2016  The Netherlands 2016 - Compilation Video 2 The Netherlands 2016 - Compilation Video 2


For more videos and photos, visit the Media Gallery now!

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