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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has held a rescue boat operating course, in conjunction with the RNLI, specifically tailored and structured for maritime SAR (search and rescue) professionals from Africa.

The teaching is designed to be a 'train the trainer' course, so the participants will return home and share the learnings with their organisations and colleagues. 11 SAR professionals from across Africa attended the course at the RNLI training college in Poole, UK. The attendees represented maritime SAR organisations in Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Morocco.

Theresa Crossley, CEO IMRF said: "Every year the IMRF organises a programme of maritime SAR capacity building events across Africa in conjunction with the International Maritime Organisation and our members.  These events focus on giving the participants the skills and knowledge they need to build capacity at home in their own countries. This is the first time we have run this course to focus on Africa and we're deeply grateful to the RNLI for sharing its facilities, knowledge and skills for this ongoing project.  This kind of training has proved very effective, creating a ripple effect of knowledge which is then applied in practical situations locally and regionally."

The course was developed to teach students the best SAR techniques and rescue boat handling operations in challenging conditions, all based on the IMASAR Manual Volume III. It was a mix of theory based learning and practical exercise, on the sea and in a simulator. The training resources are to be made available to any IMRF member wanting to undertake similar training for crew or organisation.

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