The IMRF has updated its Basic Rescue Boat Operator Manual and made it freely available as part of its commitment to providing maritime SAR organisations with the latest guidance and information.

You can access the latest version here.

The Basic Rescue Boat Operator Manual, together with the accompanying Rescue Boat Operator Search Cards, provides recommended best practices for any organisation looking at introducing basic training in rescue boat SAR operations.

In order to ensure the manual is remains relevant, it is reviewed on a three-year cycle. It also ensures that any updated safety critical information has been captured and shared accordingly.

If you have any feedback or comments on the Rescue Boat Operator resources, please email [email protected]

The review was led by Dave Whiddon, an international programmes manager with the UK’s RNLI, along with a small team of subject matter experts compromised of IMRF members from Finland, Morocco, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

I want to thank all the members that contributed to the review and provided invaluable feedback and comments,” said Dave.

Theresa Crossley, IMRF CEO added: “It’s great that Dave and his team of subject matter experts have been able to bring this important resource right up to date.  We are delighted that the manual will now also be freely available to anyone who wants to refer to it or use it as a basis for training.

Some updates to the manual and check cards include revised terminology to ensure it is consistent with those used in the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual.

There have also been some additions to Unit 5 regarding sound signals that could be used as part of the International Regulations for the Prevention Collision at Sea (IRPCS).

There have also been some additional safety notices added to the content to highlight safety critical information, such as the use of harnesses and ensuring SAR operators are familiar with the use of lifejackets.

The Basic Rescue Boat Operator Manual is also being turned into an online course as part of our newly developed e-learning platform and will be available later this year.