IRB Drivers (IRBD)

Current Members Only

Course Dates

All training is postponed until further notice


Wednesday 24th November – 6pm-8pm

Saturday 27th November  – 8:00am-3:00pm

Sunday  28th November  - 8:00am-3:00pm

Wednesday 1st December – 6:00pm-8:00pm (Boat and Motor Theory)

Saturday 4th December – 8:00am-3:00pm 

Sunday 5th December – 8:00am-2:00pm (Assessment) 

Click the register here button to register your interest in the next course. Registrations close 5pm 16th November 2021.


Candidates must meet ALL of the following conditions:

  • be at least 16 years of age to commence training

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

  • hold and be currently proficient in Bronze Medallion and IRB Crewperson Certificate

  • hold a current QLD marine license.

What's Covered

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

Learning 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.