Course enrolment is by application and selection is at the discretion of the Club Captain.

General course information

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively drive and manage an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) in surf rescue operations.

Specific entry requirements

Candidates must meet ALL of the following conditions:

  • be at least 16 years of age to commence training
  • be at least 17 years of age on the date of final assessment
  • hold and be currently proficient in Bronze Medallion and IRB Crewperson Certificate
  • hold a current QLD recreational marine license
  • If 18 years or older hold a valid working with children Blue Card and complete the Child Youth Risk Management Strategies Training (CYRMS) and Child Safe Awareness Course (CSA) accessed via the SLSQ Hub.

Learning Outcomes

Understand the roles and responsibilities of an IRB Driver, including:

  • Drive an IRB
  • Perform rescues in an IRB as a Driver
  • Prepare and maintain an IRB motor

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded with the SLSA Silver Medallion IRB Driver. You will also receive the following nationally recognised qualification and units of competency issued through Surf Life Saving Queensland (RTO 2804):

  • PUAEQU001 Prepare, maintain and test response equipment
  • PUASAR014 Operate and maintain a small powercraft and motor for rescue operations

These units are also part of the nationally recognised qualification PUA31312 Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue)


Assessment is through demonstration, presentation and application of all elements of competency in the workplace. Participants will be required to complete activities that may include role-plays, oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations and performing scenarios.

Annual Skills Maintenance

  • For this award to remain current candidates must perform an annual skills maintenance activity at a Queensland Club between 01 July and 31 December of each year.
  • If you gain your award after 01 July then you are not required to attend a proficiency until the following year
  • Please note that QLD members are not permitted to attend proficiency outside the state


Contact us to register your interest for upcoming IRB Driver courses