Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) racing is an exciting sport that gives surf lifesavers the chance to put their rescue skills to the test. 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.
A surf boat is an oared craft used by a crew consisting of five competitors, four of whom shall be rowers and the fifth who shall control the boat by a sweep oar. Popular in Australia, crews are trained in boat handling technique in various beach conditions.
Teams are comprised of one patient, one driver, and one crew member. The patient is in the water at a designated buoy, the driver and crew member are at the starting line at the on the beach. On the starter’s signal, competitors launch the IRB, proceed through the surf to pick up the patient, round the buoy, and return to shore.
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