IRB Crewpersons Module

Course Overview

The IRB Crewpersons Module (IRBCM) is the starting point for education in the IRB. The IRBCM gives Surf Lifeguards the knowledge and skills required to respond as a crewperson in rescue situations utilising an IRB.

The IRBCM is a pre requisite for the Senior Lifeguard Award - IRB Driver.

Course Information 


14 years of age.
Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed).
Current member of a SLS club.


One day.

Delivered by

Club instructors.

Who should complete it

Anyone interested in crewing an IRB.

Candidate requirements

Attend training day with the club instructor.
Successfully complete all components of the examination.

Exam Components

Crewing skills.
IRB hull closedown.
Single person rescue.
Theory test.
IRB hull setup.


Topics covered

1. IRB hull.

2. IRB hull setup.

3. Fuel.

4. Crewperson skills.

5. IRB hull closedown.

6. Rescues.


At the completion of the qualification candidates will be able to:

  1. Crew an Inflatable Rescue Boat.
  2. Demonstrate and explain the factors involved in the set up and close down of an IRB hull.

IRB Training Manual

This Manual includes topics and content to assist a candidate to gain either their IRB Crewperson Module or Senior Lifeguard Award - IRB Drivers Award. Once candidates have completed their module or award, the training manual should be kept by them as reference. Hard copies of this manual can be purchased from SLSNZ. 

Online Download:  IRB Training Manual (pdf, 9MB) (updated September 2018).