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IRB Crew Certificate

Course Introduction

The IRB Crew Certificate course allows surf lifesavers to obtain qualifications in crewing an inflatable rescue boat.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, candidates will be able to:

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of an IRB Crewperson
  • List the duties of an IRB Crewperson
  • List the safety considerations when crewing an IRB

 Crew an IRB

  • List the different classes of IRB’s
  • 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
  • Observations, 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 rescues in an IRB as a crewperson
    • Perform conscious and unconscious casualty pick-ups
    • Perform complex rescues including swimming rescues, sailboarder and kite surfer rescues


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