The IMRF is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our third Maritime Mass Rescue Operations (MRO) Subject-Matter Expert Course on 15-17 June 2022, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Course will be facilitated by a team of MRO experts including, Dave Jardine-Smith, former IMRF MRO Project Manager, Tom Gorgol, United States Coast Guard, Program Manager – Mass Rescue Operations, Fredrik Forsman, Chalmers University of Technology, Instructor at Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Division of Maritime Studies and Matthew Fader, International Search and Rescue Development, Swedish Sea Rescue Society.

Places will be allocated following consideration of the course application form.

Places are strictly limited. There are only 25 places available.

The application form is short and should only take you 10-15 minutes to complete.

Aim of the Course

The aim of this subject-matter expert course is to help prepare those with responsibilities for complex incident planning and response, particularly at senior command, control & coordination levels.

Attendees will already have extensive SAR / emergency planning expertise.

The course will enable them to study maritime MRO issues, challenges and potential solutions in depth, acquiring subject-matter expert skills, which can then be applied in their local / regional planning and preparation.

Course Format

Three full days of interactive study of maritime MRO issues, guided by expert facilitators. You can view the course overview here.

Course Outcomes

  • Attendees will be able to consider and discuss MRO challenges and solutions, with a toolbox of materials to assist in the application of lessons learnt during the course.
  • The attendees’ parent organisations will gain MRO subject-matter experts.


We recommend 1 hotel in Gothenburg. For more information, please visit "MRO SME  Course - Accommodation".


In order to benefit fully from the course, applicants will need to have the required level of experience. 

Places will be allocated following consideration of the course application form. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible.

Course Registration fees:

  • £500 for Members 
  • £750 for Non-Members

Attendees need to pay for and arrange their own travel and accommodation as well as any other costs incurred in attending the course.

The only meals provided will be lunches on the days of the course, all other meals and refreshments will need to be paid for by the attendees themselves.

If you have any questions on our MRO Subject-Matter Expert Course, please e-mail Caroline Jupe on [email protected].

IMRF MRO Subject-Matter Expert Course– COVID-19 Contingency Planning

The IMRF has been at the forefront of international efforts to establish guidance for the safe operation of SAR services during pandemics and other health emergencies.

Although we intend that the course will take place in person, we have to recognise the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation internationally. 

As a result, it may be necessary to make changes to the programme, or the logistics for the course, to take account of the prevailing COVID-19 restrictions or guidance.

The IMRF takes the safety of its course attendees extremely seriously and will communicate any changes to the course  in good time, as the situation permits.