Williamstown SLSC has a strong history in IRB competition, with an outstanding performance in winning the overall point score at the Australian IRB Championships in 2010 and 2018, becoming the first Victorian club to be awarded an Australian Life Saving Championship title.
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 one’s safety.
What does the IRB racing involve
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”).
- Encourage crews to correctly equip and maintain their IRB and motors for optimum safe performance and reliability for both lifesaving patrol duties and competition.
- Allow crews to demonstrate their techniques and their abilities to perform a rescue.
- Bring crews together to discuss and improve IRB techniques and operations.
- Promote safety awareness techniques for the crew and patients in simulated rescue scenarios.