IRB Crewmans & Drivers

Cronulla Surf Lifesaving Club Run IRB Crewmans & Drivers Courses

The IRB is a key piece of equipment in our Water Safety Program to help keep our nippers safe each week.

You must hold your bronze medallion to undertake the Crewman`s course. The course will be limited to 20 participants and will consist of one theory evening, then two Saturday mornings of practical training over two weekends.  This course is a prerequisite for doing the IRB Drivers course.

I guarantee this will be one of the best courses along with the IRB Drivers course that you`ll ever do in surf lifesaving.

Provides participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively crew an Inflatable Rescue Boat in surf rescue operations.

Course outcomes: 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

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:


There are no specific qualifications

If you`re interested in either course please email your interest to the Office on