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The Lifeboat Crew Exchange is managed by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) in association with a different IMRF Member each year.


Any individuals interested in participating should advise their local Lifeboat Station. Unfortunately, we cannot accept direct requests from individuals. 

Lifeboat Organisations

If your organisation is interested in participating as a host, or would like to have one or more of your crew members attending next year’s exchange, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Next to applying through your local rescue organisation, participants need to be:

minilogoimrf   Physically active and fit to undertake practical training exercises;
minilogoimrf Have a good understanding of the English language;
minilogoimrf Active with a lifeboat/rescue organisation;
minilogoimrf Rescue Lifeboat Crew Member (volunteer or paid);
minilogoimrf Over the age of 18;
minilogoimrf The crew members must be active with the intention of being a crew member for the next 5 years.


Key Messages for Crew Members

minilogoimrf    The rescue organisations host a full exchange week (7 days) in their respective countries and each country is able to send up crew members to different countries.
minilogoimrf The programme allows crew members to share ideas and experiences and ultimately enables maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) organisations to cost-effectively share the burden of developing rescue capability.
minilogoimrf The week-long exchange includes the improvement of training modules in areas such as first aid, navigation, off road driving, crisis management, leadership, maritime English and exchanging best practice in rescue operations.
minilogoimrf The programme objectives for the lifeboat crew members are to;
minilogoimrf gain different/specialist lifeboat/SAR experience;
minilogoimrf build and improve professional knowledge;
minilogoimrf experience working in a transnational team;
minilogoimrf share experiences and develop increased mutual understanding;
minilogoimrf build productive networking relationships for the future.
minilogoimrf Participants on the course experience day and night time exercises such as towing, navigating, man overboard recovery, first aid, sea survival training, lifeguard training, recovering boats, helicopter transfers and many other exercises that improve the common spirit.  
minilogoimrf The project experiences will be disseminated at a national and local level in the different countries via their websites, intranet, newsletters, meetings and publications. The event will also reach an international audience through media activity by the IMRF, links to international websites and at future IMRF events.

Visit the Exchange - Media Gallery here