Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Crew Certificate

Provides participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively crew an Inflatable Rescue Boat in surf rescue operations..

Course outcomes:

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Crew an IRB
  • List the different classes of IRB
  • Identify the components of an IRB and ancillary equipment
  • Contribute to the safe and efficient launching of an IRB
  • Demonstrate safe crewing positions while negotiating the surf
  • Perform emergency procedures
  • Observation, hazards and risks are identified and clearly communicated to the driver

Maintain an IRB

  • Perform pre-operational checks and preventative maintenance of the IRB hull
  • Perform post-operational maintenance of the IRB hull
  • Report major wear or damage according to organisation procedures
  • Perform conscious and unconscious casualty pick-ups
  • Perform complex rescues including swimming rescues, sailboarder and kite surfer rescues.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:


There are no specific qualifications


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To register your interest for upcoming Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Crew courses, please complete and submit this form to our Training Officer: