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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 participating countries are invited to send between two and seven crew members, each of which then heads to a different European location to work and train with that country’s search and rescue (SAR) team. While there are a few crew members who have taken part before, the vast majority are participating for the first time.

The Lifeboat Crew Exchange which was launched in 2012, includes a variety of day and night exercises including towing, navigating, man overboard recovery, sea survival training, lifeguard training, recovering boats and helicopter transfers. The volunteer crews take part in simulated SAR exercises, as well as completing training modules organised by the host organisation in first aid, navigation, vessel helming techniques, crisis management, leadership and maritime English.

IMRF Chairman and Trustee, Udo Fox, says;

"Our Lifeboat Crew Exchange grows in size and popularity each year, building on the successes of previous years. The week-long training is highly regarded by all those involved and is proven to give the volunteer crews an amazing and valuable opportunity to work as a transnational team, learning new skills and gaining insights into other search and rescue practices and challenges.

The crews taking part collectively commit thousands of hours of their time every year to keep those on the water safe. They will share their experiences and knowledge with others on the exchange programme and with their own crews when they return home, all with the aim of improving Maritime Search and Rescue responses and helping to prevent loss of life in Europe's waters.

Most countries in Europe rely heavily on the maritime volunteer SAR organisations to keep people on the water, safe. The seven-day event helps both volunteers and paid crew with their personal development, allowing them to acquire new skills increasing their value and employability in European rescue activities. Each country’s programme is different reflecting the varying circumstances and challenges in each region.

The exchange runs from Saturday, 23 September 2016 to Saturday, 30 September 2017.

Visit the Crew Exchange website for further information and pictures and videos from last years’ exchange programme:

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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