IMRF membership provides a unique opportunity for SAR organisations to share knowledge, experience and expertise, through the IMRF’s programme of conferences, meetings, forums and activities. Suppliers into the sector can also attend, participate, and engage in discussions and are encouraged to share any innovations that might benefit wider SAR activities.

IMRF member organisations may be large or small, newly-formed or long established, charities, private or public agencies, or supporting organisations and industries.

You can see who our members are here.


Ten Reasons to Belong to the IMRF

Be part of an IMO recognised body that represents over 100 specialist global maritime SAR organisations – Government, voluntary and commercial;
Contribute to - and benefit from - the IMRF’s advocacy work at the IMO and with other regulatory bodies, representing industry expertise and concerns;
Share ideas, knowledge and experience by participating in expert panels, groups and ‘skill-shares’ e.g. the IMRF Future Technology Panel;
Join free regional IMRF member meetings to discuss specific issues and learning;
Access the Members Only restricted section of the IMRF website for free specialist SAR advice, guidance and resources;
Benefit from the IMRF’s Members Assisting Members scheme, which looks to partner organisations on issues ranging from equipment to training;
Take part in the annual Lifeboat Crew Exchange (if applicable);
Receive LIFE LINE, our biannual newsletter, together with other “Members Only” publications (eg The SAR Hub monthly newsletter) packed with maritime SAR news;
Enjoy free Member Only events and webinars, as well as discounts on selected IMRF Events and Conferences (eg G5 MRO conference series);
Take advantage of a 20% discount in the IMRF Bookshop, on IMO and other publications.

Join Us…. We Offer Three Categories of Membership

Full Membership Affiliate Membership  Associate Membership

For Rescue Coordination Centres, Lifeboat operators and any organisations involved in operational Maritime SAR who have been authorised by the appropriate authority.

For organisations intending to establish an operational maritime search and/or rescue service in the future, or those whose prime purpose is the promotion of Water Safety. Subsidiaries of full member organisations can also join as Affiliate Members.

For companies, service providers and manufacturers with an interest in the provision of maritime SAR, or the promotion of water safety (e.g. commercial maritime SAR equipment providers and educational establishments).

Annual Subscription Fees:

Large Organisation: £3,700

Medium Organisation: £1,700

Small Organisation: £370

Annual Subscription Fees:

£110

Annual Subscription Fees:

£1,110

Please Note: the Trustees have decided that from 1 January 2020, all membership invoices will be calculated in Sterling, rather than Euros, and should be paid into the IMRF’s Sterling bank account.

Please read the Rules and Regulations and Articles of Association before applying for membership.



Not Sure what membership category is most appropriate to your organisation? See the chart below or take the IMRF Quiz to see how you can be involved!

IMRF Membership Flow Chart - March 2019

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Or click on the following link to download the IMRF Membership Flow Chart in PDF.