IRB Driver Award - Silver Medallion

Course Introduction

The IRB Driver Award (Silver Medallion) course is run for MembersĀ at West Beach SLSC.

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

Candidates will also develop knowledge and skills to enable you to demonstrate competence in the nationally recognised unit(s) of competency: - PUAEQU001B Prepare, maintain and test response equipment - PUASAR010B Undertake rescue operation in a small power craft - These units form a part of the nationally recognised PUA31304 Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue)

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, candidates will be able to:

Understand the roles and responsibilities of an IRB Driver, including:

  • List the duties of an IRB Driver
  • List the safety considerations when operating an IRB
  • 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
  • Identify the components of an IRB motor
  • Launch an IRB safely an efficiently
  • List motor hazards in the surf
  • Safely and efficiently negotiate the surf while driving an IRB
  • Perform emergency procedures

Perform rescues in an IRB as a Driver

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

Prepare and maintain an IRB motor

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


All Training and Assessment aids can be found on the Member's Portal

The Training Manual can be obtained from the Surf Life Saving Australia website