The first IMRF Lifeboat Crew Exchange took place in 2012 with eight countries participating. The event was on halt for three years 2020-2022 because of the Covid pandemic, but was successfully relaunched in 2023. 

Now we are happy to announce the 10th IMRF European Lifeboat Crew Exchange Programme will take place on 21-28 September 2024.

The experience proves invaluable for participants across various countries and SAR organisations to broaden their skills and knowledge in SAR operations by engaging with international peers. They can enhance their abilities, acquire new techniques, understand different operational structures, and bring back valuable insights to improve their local stations. The programme strongly emphasises collaboration and provides participants the opportunity to build networks, forge friendships and share experiences with like-minded professionals.

And if your organisation would like to participate in the exchange, don't hesitate to get in contact and we will tell you all about it! We also have a few places reserved for organisations from Europe and elsewhere, who cannot host exchange crews, but would be nonetheless interested in sending a few crew members. Planning for the exchange starts in January 2024. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to [email protected]

Be sure to keep an eye out for more information! Check out the video of the 2023 Lifeboat Crew Exchange and find out more about why you should not miss out on this incredible experience.