IRB Qualifications

Within the surf life saving environment, there is a range of qualifications that you can pursue to upgrade your skill levels and perform your lifeguard duties with more efficiency and competency. These qualifications include certain development camps such as Youth Development Camp, Intermediate Guard School and Advanced Guard School; first aid courses; Inflatable Rescue Boat qualifications and even Rescue Water Craft (jetski) qualifications can be obtained once the necesssary prerequisites have been fulfilled.

The IRB Crewpersons Module (IRBCM)

This is the starting point for education in the IRB. It is compulsory for members to have the IRBCM to be able to crew an IRB. The IRBCM gives Surf Lifeguards the knowledge and skill required to respond as a crewperson in rescue situations utilising an IRB.

The IRBCM is a pre requisite for the Senior Lifeguard Award – IRB Driver.

Course Information

Pre requisites

14 years of age
Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed)
Current member of a SLS club

Duration
Variable depending on competence and instruction structure 2-8 weeks

Delivered by
Club instructors

Who should complete it
Anyone interested in crewing an IRB

Candidate requirements
Attend training sessions with the club instructor
Complete the IRB Crewperson Workbook
Successfully complete all components of the examination

Exam Components
Crewing skills
IRB hull closedown
Single person rescue
Theory test
IRB hull setup
Multiple patient rescue

Topics covered

1. IRB hull
2. IRB hull setup
3. Fuel
4. Crewperson skills
5. IRB hull closedown
6. Rescues

Outcomes
At the completion of the qualification candidates will be able to:

Crew an Inflatable Rescue Boat
Demonstrate and explain the factors involved in the set up and close down of an IRB hull

Senior Lifeguard Award – IRB Driver

The Senior Lifeguard Award – IRB Driver (SLA-IRBD) is designed to create competent IRB drivers. The qualification has a number of theoretical and practical components such driving in the surf, solo driving and maritime regulations to prepare Surf Lifeguards for IRB use. It is compulsory for members to have the SLAIRBD to drive an IRB. The SLA-IRBD gives Surf Lifeguards the knowledge and skill required to respond in rescue situations utilising an IRB. The SLA-IRBD is a pre requisite for the National Lifeguard School.

Course Information

Pre requisites
16 years of age | Current member of a SLS club
IRB Crewperson Module | Marine VHF Radio Operators Certificate
Surf Lifeguard Award (held for at least six months and be currently refreshed)

Duration
Variable depending on competence and instruction structure 2-8 weeks

Delivered by
Club instructors

Who should complete it
Anyone interested in driving an IRB

Candidate requirements
Attend training sessions with the club instructor
Complete the IRB Driver Workbook
Successfully complete all components of the examination

Exam components

Theory test
IRB engine setup
Solo driving
Engine reinstatement

Single person rescue
Driving skills
Multiple patient rescue
IRB engine closedown

Topics covered

1. IRB engine
2. Engine reinstatement
3. IRB engine set up
4. Maritime regulations
5. Driving skills
6. IRB engine closedown
7. Rescues
8. Operations

Outcomes

At the completion of the qualification candidates will be able to:

Demonstrate and explain the factors involved in the set up and close down of an IRB engine
Drive an Inflatable Rescue Boat