Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) racing is an exciting sport that gives surf lifesavers the chance to put their rescue skills to the test.

The purpose of the Inflatable Rescue Boat competition is to:

  • Improve the skills and technique of IRB drivers and crew
  • Allow crews to demonstrate their techniques and abilities to perform rescues
  • Bring crews together to discuss and improve IRB techniques and operations
  • Promote safety awareness techniques for the crew and patients in simulated rescue scenarios

IRB crews consist of a driver and a crewperson. The objective of the IRB race is to rescue a ‘patient’ or ‘patients’ from the water in the quickest time.

Past events


  • 2019 Australian & Interstate IRB Championships: Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 July, Kingscliff, NSW – Overall state results – Event results
  • WA IRB Racing Championships: Sunday 23 June, Sorrento SLSC – Results
  • WA IRB Racing Championships Scrutineering: Saturday 22 June, Mullaloo SLSC
  • IRB Racing Series Round 6: Sunday, 16 June, Sorrento SLSC – Results
  • IRB Racing Series Round 5: Sunday, 26 May, Mullaloo SLSC – Cancelled
  • IRB Racing Series Round 4: Saturday, 25 May, Mullaloo SLSC – Results
  • IRB Racing Series Round 3: Saturday,11 May, Secret Harbour SLSC – Results
  • IRB Racing Series Round 2: Sunday, 28 April, Trigg Island SLSC – Results
  • IRB Racing Series Round 1: Sunday, 14 April, Fremantle SLSC – Results

Key Documents

IRB Competition Rules

IRB Hull Compliance Check Form

IRB Outboard Engine and Prop Guard Compliance Check Form

IRB Propeller Safety and Compliance Check Form

IRB Competition Training Log Form