IRB Driver

Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver Award – Silver Medallion

The aim of this course is to help you develop skills and knowl­edge to safely and effec­tively drive an Inflat­able Res­cue Boat (IRB).

You will also develop knowl­edge and skills to enable you to demon­strate com­pe­tence in the nation­ally recog­nised unit(s) of com­pe­tency:

  • Pre­pare, main­tain and test response equip­ment (PUAEQU001B)
  • Under­take res­cue oper­a­tion in a small power craft (PUASAR010B)

These units form a part of the nation­ally recog­nised PUA31304 Cer­tifi­cate III in Pub­lic Safety (Aquatic Search and Res­cue) NOTE: These Units are not cur­rently avail­able in West­ern Aus­tralia.

Course prerequisites

  • Finan­cial mem­ber of Mul­laloo Surf Life Sav­ing Club
  • Min­i­mum of 16 years of age to com­mence train­ing
  • Min­i­mum of 17 years of age on the date of final assess­ment
  • Hold and be cur­rently pro­fi­cient in the SLSA awards: Bronze Medal­lion and IRB Crew Cer­tifi­cate
  • Have met the Marine Licens­ing require­ments in West­ern Aus­tralia (Recre­ational Skip­per Cer­tifi­cate) prior to assess­ment

Course length

Between six (6) to eight (8) weeks, depen­dant upon the rate of skills acqui­si­tion, and the oppor­tu­ni­ties for expo­sure to a range of surf con­di­tions.

Course outcomes

By the end of this course, can­di­dates will be able to demon­strate their under­stand­ing of the role and respon­si­bil­i­ties of an IRB Dri­ver, to include:

  • Describe the duties of an IRB Dri­ver
  • Describe the safety con­sid­er­a­tions when oper­at­ing an IRB
  • Con­fi­dently provide direc­tion to an IRB Crew­per­son in all their oper­a­tional duties
  • Com­mu­ni­cate effec­tively with Crew­per­son, the pub­lic and patients in the nor­mal per­for­mance of duties
  • Describe the com­po­nents of an IRB motor
  • Describe motor haz­ards in the surf and explain how the risks asso­ci­ated with these can be elim­i­nated or mit­i­gated
  • Launch an IRB safely and effi­ciently
  • Safely and effi­ciently nego­ti­ate the surf while dri­ving an IRB
  • Per­form emer­gency pro­ce­dures

Per­form res­cues in an IRB as the Dri­ver

  • Per­form con­scious and uncon­scious casu­alty pick-ups
  • Per­form com­plex res­cue oper­a­tions includ­ing swim­ming res­cues, sail­boarder and kite surfer res­cues
  • Effec­tively con­tribute to search and res­cue oper­a­tions
  • Liaise effec­tively with other emer­gency response ser­vices, as required

Pre­pare and main­tain an IRB motor

  • Per­form pre-oper­a­tional checks and rel­e­vant pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance of the IRB motor
  • Per­form post-oper­a­tional main­te­nance of the IRB motor
  • Effec­tively per­form a motor re-start pro­ce­dure after immer­sion in the surf



Mem­bers are required to requal­ify this award annu­ally. Requal­i­fi­ca­tions take around 1–2 hours to com­plete and are con­ducted at the club.

Course dates

  • Refer to Mem­ber Courses for upcom­ing dates
  • This course is typ­i­cally con­ducted out of the Patrol Sea­son (win­ter months) – in order to take bet­ter advan­tage of equip­ment avail­abil­ity and range of surf con­di­tions.

Course Registration

Need more infor­ma­tion or would like to reg­is­ter your inter­est in this course, then please con­tact the Club office.