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IRB Driver (IRBD)


The IRB Driver is responsible for safely operating the IRB in the surf zone and managing the IRB Crew.

Course Dates

Silver Medallion IRB Driver course - TBA

Participants must first register and pay for the Silver Medallion IRB Driver course here.

Prior to the commencement of the course participants must complete their Life Saving Victoria course enrolment:

  1. ​Login to using your Surf Life Saving Australia Members Portal login details*

  2. Click on 'Find a New Course'

  3. Look for IRB Driver at Anglesea SLSC and click 'Enrol'


  • Must be a financial Club member prior to course registration (a Membership Confirmation Form must be uploaded into the online IRB Driver registration platform).

  • Must be at least 17 years and of age on the date of the final assessment.

  • Must hold a proficient Bronze Medallion.

  • Must hold a proficient IRB Crew Certificate.

  • Must hold a current Victorian Marine Licence.

Skills Maintenance

An annual Skills Maintenance must be undertaken by 31st December to keep this award proficient.

Course Outcomes

  • 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

Drive an IRB​

  • Identify the components of an IRB motor

  • Launch an IRB safely and 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 patient 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-operations maintenance of the IRB motor

  • Perform motor re-start procedure after submersion in the surf

  • Report major wear and damage according to organisational procedures


Participants will be required to complete activities that may include role plays, oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations and performing scenarios. This will take place on the final day of the course.


If you have any questions or would like to complete this award and there are no courses scheduled, please contact Lachie at

* You may not have an SLSA Member Area account yet because your parents have always renewed your membership as part of a Family Group. If you have not yet created your SLSA Member Area account, you should do so before you can enrol in this course. If you are unsure, please contact the Club Office at

To create your SLSA Member Area account go to and follow these instructions.

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