The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) brings together and represents the world’s maritime search and rescue (SAR) organisations, including voluntary and governmental organisations, as well as industry suppliers and commercial companies, to improve maritime SAR capabilities worldwide.

IMRF Members around the world support each other and share knowledge, experience, expertise and innovations through our programme of webinars, conferences, meetings, events, forums and other activities. 

We offer a number of Membership options - from Full Membership to Affiliate Membership - so that your SAR organisation has access to the best information for maritime SAR, as well as access to the world's largest network of SAR personnel. Keep scrolling to find out more about our Membership options and the benefits of Membership. 

If you are interested in becoming a Member and joining our community, click below to access our online Membership Application Form or if you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Click here to access the IMRF's online Membership Application Form.


Alternatively, click here to download the paper version of our Membership Form.

Our Community

As of the end of 2021, we have more than 121 members from 53 countries. Our Membership covers maritime SAR organisations, coastguards, life saving agencies, government departments, as well as industry suppliers and commercial companies, and more. We are always looking to reach out to SAR organisations, no matter where they are in the world, to join the IMRF community so we can continue to help more people save lives at sea. 

You can also find out more about our current list of Members here.

Our Benefits

Being a Member of the IMRF comes with a number of exclusive benefits to your SAR organisation, including:

  • Access to free specialist SAR advice, guidance and resources from the IMRF 
  • Access to free online Members Only events and webinars on topical issues, learning directly from leaders in the maritime SAR field
  • Join free regional IMRF Member meetings to discuss industry issues, as well as learn and network with other Members in your region.
  • Enjoy Members Only discounts on selected IMRF Events and Conferences
  • Participate in expert panels, groups and skill-share workshops, such as our Future Technology Panel and the Lifeboat Crew Exchange Programme
  • Contribute to and benefit from the IMRF's advocacy work at the International Maritime Organization and other industry regulatory bodies
  • Access to the IMRF's E-Learning Platform for your SAR organisation
  • Receive our Members Only IMRF Weekly newsletter, keeping you up-to-date on the IMRF and its activities

Our Membership Categories

Full Membership Associate Membership Affiliate Membership
For rescue coordination centres, lifeboat operators and any organisations involved in operational maritime SAR who have been authorised by the appropriate authority. For commercial companies, service providers and manufacturers with an interest in the provision of maritime SAR or the promotion of water safety such as commercial maritime SAR equipment providers. 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.

Annual Subscription Fees

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Annual Subscription Fees
Annual Subscription Fees

Any Questions?

If you're not sure which Membership option will be the best for you or if you have any questions about the IMRF and how we can work with your SAR organisation, make sure to contact us today.

Please also make sure to read our Rules and Regulations and our Articles of Association before applying for Membership.