IRB Racing

IRB (Inflat­able Res­cue Boat) com­pe­ti­tion aims to improve the skills and tech­nique of IRB dri­vers and crew as well as allow crews to demon­strate their tech­niques and abil­i­ties to per­form res­cues.

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There are five events in IRB com­pe­ti­tion:

IRB Rescue – Single

Teams are com­prised of one patient, one dri­ver and one crew mem­ber. The patient is posi­tioned on the sea­ward side of the des­ig­nated buoy. The dri­ver and crew mem­ber are on the beach side of the crew start/finish line adja­cent to their beach posi­tion indi­ca­tors. On the starter’s sig­nal, the crew launches the IRB, pro­ceeds through the surf to pick up the patient, round the buoy and return to shore.

IRB Rescue – Tube Rescue

Teams are com­prised of one patient, one dri­ver, and one crew mem­ber. Patients are posi­tioned at their respec­tive patient buoys, set approx­i­mately 25 metres on the sea­ward side of the turn­ing buoys. Crew mem­bers are posi­tioned on the beach side of the crew start/finish line, adja­cent to their respec­tive beach posi­tion indi­ca­tors.

On the starter’s sig­nal, com­peti­tors launch their IRBs, pro­ceed through the surf and turn around their respec­tive turn­ing buoy. The crew mem­ber uses the res­cue tube. After the IRB has rounded the turn­ing buoy, the crew mem­ber with the res­cue tube held in a secure grip, enters the water and swims past the turn­ing buoy to their patients.

The crew mem­ber secures the res­cue tube around the arms of the patient and tows the patient back to the IRB. Once the crew mem­ber makes con­tact with the IRB or dri­ver, he or she may board before the patient. The dri­ver may assist the crew mem­ber and/or patient into the IRB. (Patients may also assist them­selves in board­ing the IRB.) After the patient is in the craft and IRB has com­menced, the dri­ver nav­i­gates the IRB around the team’s respec­tive turn­ing buoy and returns to shore to fin­ish.

IRB Teams Rescue

Teams are com­prised of one patient and two crews (one dri­ver and one crew mem­ber per crew). The patient is posi­tioned on the sea­ward side of a des­ig­nated buoy. Both crews are posi­tioned on the beach side of the crew start/finish line adja­cent to their beach posi­tion indi­ca­tor.

On the starter’s sig­nal, the first crew launches the IRB and pro­ceeds through the surf to the patient. On the inside of the turn (as the IRB rounds the buoy), the crew mem­ber jumps over­board on the sea­ward side of the buoy. The dri­ver com­pletes the buoy turn and returns to shore alone.

Mean­while the crew mem­ber of the sec­ond crew moves into the water.
The first dri­ver stays in con­tact and in con­trol of the IRB until the sec­ond crew mem­ber secures and takes con­trol of the IRB. The first dri­ver runs up the beach and crosses the crew start/finish line to tag the sec­ond dri­ver who pro­ceeds to the IRB.

The sec­ond crew re-launches the IRB, pre­cedes through the surf to pick-up the patient and the first crew mem­ber, rounds their buoy, and returns to shore to fin­ish the event.

IRB Mass Rescue

Teams are com­prised of one dri­ver, one crew­man and two patients. Both patients will be taken out to the buoy, where one will wait on either side (sea side or shore side) of the buoy to be res­cued. The crew shall pro­ceed out to sea, pick up their first patient and return to shore. The dri­ver and the patient must exit the IRB where the patient retires to the beach. The dri­ver pro­ceeds to the start/finish line, rounds their respec­tive beach posi­tion marker and returns to the IRB. The IRB is re-launched and the crew pro­ceeds to res­cue the sec­ond patient and return them to shore, on to the beach and across the fin­ish line.

IRB Relay

This event is a con­tin­u­ous relay involv­ing the four events detailed above in the fol­low­ing order: Res­cue Tube, Mass Res­cue, Teams Res­cue and Res­cue. Each leg shall be as per the indi­vid­ual event descrip­tions except for changeovers between legs. The fin­ish shall be fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the Res­cue (fourth) leg of the race.