IRB Pathways
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We pride ourselves in training competent and skilful IRB operators. Our instructors have developed a comprehensive course with plenty of one-on-one instrucing and group training sessions.

Operating in a safe and friendly enviornment is key to developing great IRB crew and drivers. We encourage lifeguards who are interested in the power-craft area to get in contact with our club instructors to get started.

IRB Crewpersons Module

The IRB Crewpersons Module is for lifeguards who would like to start their IRB pathway. This course gives lifeguards the skills and knowledge required to setup an IRB and respond as crew in a rescue situation.

The course typically operates for 2 - 4 lessons and concludes with a theory and practical examination.

Lifeguards will need to complete an online pre-learning module, attend the lessons and demonstrate crew skills to complete the course and examination.

Topics covered include setting up an IRB, health & safety around the boats, fuel, single person rescues and theory work.

Pre-requisites for the course: Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed), a current member of the Papamoa SLSC.

How do I get on the course: Have a chat with the club instructors for upcoming dates or keep an eye out on the Lifeguard facebook page for upcoming dates.

IRB Drivers Award

The IRB Drivers award is the next step on your IRB pathway. This course is run by club instructors and is designed to develop competent and skilled drivers who are capable of responding to rescue situations in challenging surf conditions.

The course operates throughout the winter months with lessons each weekend. The aim is to build up drivers confidence and experience while driving in surf.

We aim to have you complete at least 10 hours driving time in surf before sitting a drivers exam. Drivers will also need to complete the Marine VHF Operators Certificate and complete the IRB Drivers Workbook theory.

Topics covered include IRB engine setup, engine reinstatement, engine closedown, health & safety, developing driving skills in surf, solo driving, rescues, maritime rules and regulations, fuel, etc.

Pre-requisisites for the course: 16 years of age, Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed), IRB Crewpersons module and a current member of the Papamoa SLSC.

How do I get on this course: Have a chat with our club instructors or keep an eye out on the Lifeguards facebook page for upcoming dates.

Rescue Water Craft (RWC Jet Ski) Operators

Information to come.