IMRF European Crew Exchange Programme 2017

A volunteer opportunity has arisen to take part in the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) European Crew Exchange Programme 2017.

The International Maritime Rescue Federation European Crew Exchange Programme 2017

Photo: RNLI

The International Maritime Rescue Federation European Crew Exchange Programme Members

The programme takes volunteers from a variety of European maritime rescue services and gives them the opportunity to visit other countries to experience and learn from their Search and Rescue (SAR) practices. The programme has been running since 2012, has completed five successful exchanges to date and is funded by the IMRF.

To ensure a benefit is achieved for the participants the programme has a number of important objectives:

  • To exchange practical experiences and best practice
  • To aid communication between SAR organisations, enabling the exchange of results, training, experiences and to expand our collaborative working
  • To help personal development, allowing volunteers to acquire skills increasing their employability
  • Each host and participant must speak English and so the exchange also improves English Maritime terminology for participants.

In 2016 the RNLI hosted seven lifeboat crew from Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Denmark and Germany. In return seven RNLI crew members visited those countries.

The international participants stayed for a week with the RNLI and were given a taste of how the RNLI operates. This included: a sea survival experience and capsize in the survival tank, lifeboat exercises at coastal stations, lifeguard training, a flood rescue demonstrations, a tour of our Inshore Lifeboat Centre (ILC), All-weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) and coastal safety talk, to name a few.

If you would like to participate in this excellent SAR exchange exercise and experience the SAR life in the Scandinavian archipelago, living aboard a German Lifeboat Cruiser, or casualty management techniques in the flatlands of The Netherlands then please see the below.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a current active sea-goer within the RNLI
  • Must be physically fit & healthy between 25 and 50 years old
  • Must intend to remain on the crew for the next five years
  • Must hold a minimum role of Helm, Mechanic or Coxswain plan within Competency Based Training (CoBT)
  • Must hold a suitable maritime communication certificate
  • Must be a quick learner, who will be able to benefit from the training and disseminate the knowledge and learning to your home stations/region as required.
  • Must be available for the exchange week (23-30 September 2017).

If you would like to be considered for this year’s exchange programme then please send a biography of yourself as to why you would like to be considered to Lifesaving_Delivery@rnli.org.uk marked for attention of IMRF.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 4th June 2017, if you have any questions regarding this then please contact us at the email address above.