The Senior Lifeguard Award - IRB Driver (SLA-IRBD) is designed to create competent IRB drivers. The qualification has a number of theoretical and practical components such driving in the surf, solo driving and maritime regulations to prepare Surf Lifeguards for IRB use. It is compulsory for members to have the SLA-IRBD to drive an IRB. The SLA-IRBD gives Surf Lifeguards the knowledge and skill required to respond in rescue situations utilising an IRB. The SLA-IRBD is a pre requisite for the National Lifeguard School.


  • Current member of a SLS club 

  • 16 years of age (Note: No person shall train in an IRB as a driver without first being 16 years of age)

  • Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed) 

  • IRB Crewperson Module

  • Marine VHF Radio Operators Certificate 

  • Minimum 10 hours logged IRB training (completed since attainment of Surf Lifeguard Award)

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