Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB)
are powered rescue crafts employed in the majority of Australian beaches for inshore surveillance, rough water rescues, water safety operations and mass rescues scenarios. They extend the effectiveness of the patrol especially when surf conditions are too dangerous for
rescue boards and tubes to be used.
Within the environs of Tamarama, IRBs
can and are used in
- water safety for TOSS and ocean swim carnivals;
- rough water rescues, e.g., around the Twins area and Mackenzie's Bay
- shark surveillance
- area of patrol range from Mackenzie's Bay to Bronte Beach
It is a requirement for all Surf Livesaving patrols to have an operational IRB
Tamarama SLSC has a reciprocal agreement with Bronte SLSC, where Tamarama IRB
will patrol both beaches on Saturdays while Bronte IRB
will do so on Sundays.
are operated by a Crew and Driver, though in Tamarama SLSC most Crews are also Drivers.
- Crew are responsible for the maintenance and operation of the rubber hull, including checking for leaks, air pressure and fuel level;
- Drivers are responsible for the maintenance and operation of the engine and the safety of the crew, patient and the general public while the IRB is deployed;
It is dangerous for the IRB
to be operated solo and it is a requirement that both Crew and Driver be available on the day of the patrol.
Patrol frequencies for IRB
teams are identical to normal members, i.e., ~1 every 3 weeks.
However, all IRB
drivers are rostered on Saturdays to facilitate the agreement with Bronte.
The patrol roster can be accessed online here
If substitutions are required, please ensure that they are made with another IRB squad member.
See IRB Training page
- 1 Class 3 (Catamaran Hull) IRB
- 1 Class 2 (Rigid Hull) IRB
- 1 Class 1 (Soft Hull) IRB (reserve)
- 4 Yamaha 2 stroke 30hp marine engines (2 for patrol, 2 for training)
- 03 Feb 2008