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: 11 – 14 July, Kingscliff, NSW – Overall results – Event results
  • WA IRB Racing Championships: 23 June, Sorrento SLSC – Results
  • WA IRB Racing Championships Scrutineering: 22 June, Mullaloo SLSC
  • IRB Racing Series R6: 16 June, Sorrento SLSC – Results
  • IRB Racing Series R4: 25 May, Mullaloo SLSC – Results
  • IRB Racing Series R3: 11 May, Secret Harbour SLSC – Results
  • IRB Racing Series R2: 28 April, Trigg Island SLSC – Results
  • IRB Racing Series R1: 14 April, Fremantle SLSC – Results

Key Documents