IRB Drivers (IRBD)

Current Memebers Only

Course Dates

IRB Drivers courses are typically run as follows:

  • 1 Weekday evening

  • Plus 2 Saturdays and Sundays


Candidates must be at least 17 years of age on the final assessment date, hold a proficient Bronze Medallion and IRB Crew Certificate, and 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.