Compulsory IRB Crewpersons Module

Proposal

From the 1 February 2021, all Surf Lifeguards must hold the IRB Crewpersons Module to crew an IRB operationally, this includes while training, on patrol, during events or when training for IRB Competitions.

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WHAT ARE WE DOING?

Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) wishes to consult with clubs on the date from which it will be compulsory for any person crewing an IRB to hold or be completing training for an IRB Crewperson’s Module.

We will be applying the SLSNZ ‘Amber’ club consultation process, with the timings as below:

  • Consultation Opens: Monday 24 August 2020
  • Consultation Closes: Friday 2 October 2020 (6 weeks)
  • Decision Advised: Friday 16 October 2020 (2 weeks)
  • Possible Implementation: Monday 1 February 2021

 

WHY ARE WE DOING IT?

Upon review of our practices in IRB Crewperson’s training in 2017, we changed from the Crewpersons Award to the Crewperson’s Module to be more in line with current health and safety practices while also allowing for a simpler and faster pathway for lifeguards to gain the Crewpersons qualification.  This was communicated in a memo sent out to all clubs in September 2017 advising that it would become mandatory at some time in the future.

The module, which can be completed in a day, was rolled out in the 2017/18 season and over the last 3 seasons has been working well with 1342 lifeguards receiving the qualification to date. Having used these last 3 seasons as the transition period, we now believe the time has come to make the module compulsory.

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR MEMBERS?

No member will be permitted to crew an IRB for operational purpose other than a member that holds the IRB Crewperson Module from 1 February 2021. With a higher level of crewperson training within the SLSNZ membership we should begin to see a reduction in the high level of serious injuries amongst IRB Crewpersons.

 

WHAT DOES SLSNZ WANT FROM CLUBS NOW?

Please send all feedback and any questions on the proposal to make the IRB Crew Persons Module compulsory as of 1 February 2021 to the SLSNZ Chief Operations Officer chris.emmett@surflifesaving.org.nz by Friday 2 October 2020.