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13th Beach SLSC has a proud and rich history in IRB competition, dating right back to the early 1980’s right through today’s modern spectacular.  In fact 13th Beach participated in the very first IRB Carnival which was held way back during the winter months of 1983 at Torquay SLSC, against the likes of Portsea, Venus Bay and Woolamai Beach, just to name a few.  Some of the people to have represented the club include the likes of Malcolm Bell, Bob Cain, Peter Bell, Brett Cooper and Phil Hughes all Life Members of the club.

Today the sport has grown to more than 16 clubs and over 200 competitors across the State and is the fastest growing sport in SLSA competition.  IRB competition incorporates both State and National competition with several rounds conduct throughout the state before the various titles are held.  IRB Competition is a fast, action packed highly skilled sport and makes for great viewing.  Competition is designed to replicate various rescue techniques used by inflatable Rescue Boats with a strong focus on ones safety.

Inflatable Recue Boat Competition

  • The aims of Inflatable Rescue Boat (hereafter referred to as ‘IRB’) competition are to:
  • Improve the prowess of IRB drivers and crewpersons (hereinafter collectively referred to as “crew”).
  • (ii) Encourage crews to correctly equip and maintain their IRB and motors for optimum safe performance and reliability for both lifesaving patrol duties and competition.
  • (iii) Allow crews to demonstrate their techniques and their abilities to perform a rescue.
  • (iv) Bring crews together to discuss and improve IRB techniques and operations.
  • (v) Promote safety awareness techniques for the crew and patients in simulated rescue


Open Male & Open Female of each discipline

Rescue Tube – Driver and crewperson approach a turning buoy, at which point the crewperson enters the water with a rescue tube attaches and swims towards the patient located at another buoy. After securing the patient with the tube, the crewperson tows the patient back to the IRB. Once the patient and crewperson are back in the IRB, the driver heads back to shore to finish.

Mass Rescue – Driver and crewperson approach two patients in the water, picking up one and returning to shore. The patient exits the boat and the driver rounds a turning point on the beach while the crewperson turns the IRB. The driver restarts the IRB and again proceeds to collect the second patient. The IRB then returns to shore to finish.

Teams – Driver and crewperson approach two patients in the water, picking up one and returning to shore. The patient and driver exit the boat while the crewperson turns the IRB. A second crewperson makes their way to assist turning the IRB, while the first driver tags the second driver. The second crew makes their way out to rescue the second patient and return to shore to finish.

Surf Rescue – This is the simplest discipline, with the driver and crew heading out to collect a single patient then returning to shore as quickly as possible

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