Rescue Boat Guidelines

1,000’s of lives are saved every year, because of the service provided by volunteer SAR groups across the world.

The IMRF recognises the need to provide safe and appropriate operations and equipment to keep the rescuers safe.

Many of the IMRF Member organisations operate rescue boats, that sit outside IMO regulations, so the IMRF has developed flexible, but risk-based, guidance for maritime SAR operations by vessels of less than 24 meter in length, including, risk and safety assessments as well as identifying appropriate equipment, procedures & training.

Organisations using the Rescue Boat Guidelines will be able to call on the knowledge of IMRF Members and our collective expertise to provide safer environments and equipment for our volunteers the unpaid professionals.


The IMRF Rescue Boat Guidelines Aims to ...

The IMRF's project to develop guidelines for maritime SAR units of less than 24 metres in length aims to: 

Develop a mutually agreed set of guidelines for the design and operation of smaller maritime search and rescue vessels;
Create an international work group to develop and sustain the guidelines;
Encourage organisations to adopt a risk-based safety management approach to their operations;
Enhance cooperation and working practices to deliver improvements in global SAR operations.

The Project Developed

The Rescue Boat Guidelines Tool is no longer in use. But, IMRF Members can find the Manual Rescue Boat Operator & Cards in the "Members Only" area.