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 prerequisite for the Senior Lifeguard Award - IRB Driver.

Course Information 

Prerequisites: 14 years of age | Surf Lifeguard Award (Refreshed) |  Current member of a SLS club 
Duration: 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 

Online Pre-learning: There is an optional IRB Crew person online pre-learning module available. This consist of 1 module:

  1. IRB Crew person Pre-learning online module

This can be accessed via the member portal here: and you can log in by following these steps: watch here. Once logged in, you can self-enrol by clicking on “Training Library”, then into the “Lifesaving – Powercraft” Course Category, and click on the ‘IRB Crewperson Pre-learning’ “Enrol” button.

  • 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 2021)