Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Crewman’s Certificate

The aim of this course is to help you develop skills and knowledge to effectively participate as crew in rescues using an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB).

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.
Contact your local Surf Life Saving Club for the next available course.
Must be a FINANCIAL member of an affiliated Surf Life Saving Club

Must be at least 15 years of age at time of Assessment

Must hold a PROFICIENT Bronze Medallion

Must have achieved one of

  • PUA21012 Certificate II Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
  • PUA21010 Certificate II Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
  • PUA20119 Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
Surf Lifesaving Award: IRB Crewman’s Certificate

Nationally Recognised Unit of Competency:  PUASAR015 Crew small powercraft in a rescue operation


Please contact your local Surf Life Saving Club to express interest in upcoming courses