Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver

Take your surf and rescue skills to the next level and get out on the water in an inflatable rescue boat.

The inflatable rescue boat (IRB) is a vital piece of surf life saving equipment, requiring two people to operate. As the driver you are responsible for safely and efficiently negotiating the surf while driving the IRB and communicating effectively with the crew member to ensure the safe operation of the craft, the safety of your crew and patient/s.

As the IRB driver you may also be called upon to assist in conducting search and rescue operations and as such, liaising with other emergency response services as required.


IRB drivers must be:

  • a minimum of 17 years old on day of course commencement, and
  • at least 17 years of age on the date of final assessment
  • the holder of a current recreational marine drivers license (needs to be obtained externally to the surf life saving education structure) to meet local state/NT marine licensing requirements.

Applicants must be also proficient in the following awards:

  • SLSA Bronze Medallion
  • IRB Crew Certificate
  • Radio Operators Certificate



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