Palm Beach was proud to enter its inaugural IRB Racing team into competition in the 2016/17 season. The team continued again the following year expanding in numbers and also making finals in this highly technical and skill-based sport.
IRB racing runs through winter from May through to July. Competition starts with the “Ocean Roar Series” where Queensland teams compete in over 5 rounds of competition. Like all other Surf Lifesaving competition, IRB’s also have to compete in the State Titles and Aussies.
It is the only competition in surf lifesaving where male and female competitors can compete together in the same team. Competitors can compete from the age of 15 years to no limit. To compete in IRB racing you need your Bronze Medallion and a Crews Certificate. Drivers must hold a current Drivers Certificate and complete at least 21 hours of training.
IRB racing is not about the fittest or the strongest. You just need to be willing to enjoy yourself and jump in the IRB. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come and join the team.
What Events are in an IRB Competition?
IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) competition aims to improve the skills and technique of IRB drivers and crew as well as allow crews to demonstrate their ability and techniques while performing rescues. Below are the five events that our teams compete in during the IRB season.
- IRB Rescue
- IRB Tube Rescue
- Mass Rescue
- Team Rescue
- IRB Relay
Note: Palm Beach did not compete in IRB events in season 2020-21. If you are interested in knowing more about IRB racing please contact the Club Administrator for further information.