Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) were introduced into Surf Life Saving in the 1970s to respond more efficiently to rescue situations. The IRB has since become a valuable tool in search and rescue, vessel recovery, and event supervision of swimmers, thanks to its speed, visibility and onboard equipment.
IRB competitions are conducted during the off-season (May-July), given the need for IRB capability on patrols throughout the season. IRB Racing simulates a real-life rescue scenario, testing the crew’s skill in negotiating through the surf, manoeuvring the craft and adapting to various beach conditions.
As the IRB is the most commonly used piece of rescue equipment, the skills learnt during racing feeds directly back to the skills required during patrol.
IRB racing consists of four events in Male and Female competitions. These are:
For club members to participate in IRB Racing they must meet the minimum requirements of:
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