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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 successful IMRF European Lifeboat Crew Exchange project continues to grow with the introduction of the French lifeboat service, SNSM, bringing the number of participating organisations to 11.

“We are getting more and more interest from around the world regarding the exchange concept, with requests from our South American coordinator, Jorge Diena, for Chile and Uruguay; interest from IMRF Members Marine Rescue New South Wales; and discussions underway for a similar programme in China,” says CEO Bruce Reid.

The Crew Exchange was an initiative of the Dutch lifeboat service, KNRM, who have provided excellent project management with Linde Jelsma pushing through the barriers to run the first exchange in 2012. 182 volunteers have participated to date, with some excellent feedback:

"What an amazing and fulfilling experience! An unforgettable week!" an RNLI volunteer, who went to KNRM in 2012.

Linde will be providing Congress with a presentation on the programme to date and will issue a challenge: Where to from here...?

Go on: take the plunge! You know you want to...!

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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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