Instructors Award - IRB

Course Overview

The Instructors Award - IRB certifies that the holder has the basic skills and knowledge to be an Instructor. The qualification enables members to obtain relevant theory and practical skills about instruction and teaching to be utilised when training members.

Course Information 


  • Current member of a SLS club 
  • 18 years of age 
  • Senior Lifeguard Award - IRB Driver (refreshed) 
  • Surf First Aid (refreshed)

Duration: Variable depending on instruction time

Delivered by: Instructors Training Course - delivered by regional facilitators 

Who should complete it: Anyone interested in getting started as an instructor 

Candidate requirements

  • Fully participate in the Instructors Training Course and complete the workbook 
  • Successfully put 4 candidates through the relevant qualification 

Topics Covered 

  1. Introduction to the Member Education Framework 
  2. Planning 
  3. Risk Management 
  4. Learning Principles 
  5. Being an Effective Instructor 
  6. Effective Questioning 
  7. Feedback 
  8. Communicating 
  9. Evaluating the Lesson 
  10. Readiness for Assessment 


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

  1. Prepare for lessons and implement lesson plans and sequences
  2. Create a safe physical environment conducive to learning/training
  3. Communicate with candidates/athletes
  4. Identify and apply effective questioning techniques
  5. Evaluate own instruction
  6. Identify and apply learning styles and identify and reduce learning barriers 
  7. Prepare candidates for assessment
  8. Identify the roles and responsibilities of an instructor

IRB Instructor Resources

The Instructor Resources have all the information needed for Instructors to take a group of IRB Crew and Driver candidates through their training.
Online Download: IRB Instructor Resources (updated September 2021)
IRB Instructors Record Form

Changes to IRB Crewperson Module Memo_2017-2018

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