Silver Medallion (Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver) Certificate

About Silver Medallion (Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver) Certificate

The Silver Medallion IRB Driver provides participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively drive and manage an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) in surf rescue operations.

By the end of this course, you will be able to: Understand the roles and responsibilities of an IRB Driver, including:
  • List the duties of an IRB Driver
  • List the safety considerations when operating an IRB
  • Provide direction to an IRB Crewperson in all their operational duties
  • Communicate effectively with Crewperson, the public and patients in the normal performance of duties
Drive an IRB
  • Identify the components of an IRB motor
  • Launch an IRB safely and efficiently
  • List motor hazards in the surf
  • Safely and efficiently negotiate the surf while driving an IRB
  • Perform emergency procedures
Perform rescues in an IRB as a Driver
  • Perform conscious and unconscious patient pick-ups
  • Perform complex rescue operations including swimming rescues, sailboarder and kite surfer rescues
  • Contribute to search and rescue operations; liaising effectively with other emergency response services as required
Prepare and maintain an IRB motor
  • Perform pre-operational checks and preventative maintenance of the IRB motor
  • Perform post-operations maintenance of the IRB motor
  • Perform motor re-start procedure after submersion in the surf
  • Report major wear and damage according to organisational procedures

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications


Prerequisites

The Bronze Medallion course provides participants with the skills and knowledge of patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations.

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Provides participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively crew an Inflatable Rescue Boat in surf rescue operations.

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Other Requirements

Meet local state/NT marine licensing requirements where required   If you believe you already possess some or all of the skills and knowledge of this award, or who have received one or more of the related units of competency, you may wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer. You must be at least 16 years of age to commence training. You must be at least 17 years of age on the date of final assessment.

How do I make it happen?

If you would like to become an IRB driver, please contact your local surf lifesaving club. https://sls.com.au/club_directory/

Other Opportunities Related to Silver Medallion (Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver) Certificate

Where can I grow from here?

Where to next?

You could progress to these participation opportunities from here:

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Facilitators support the high quality and nationally consistent delivery and assessment of specified Surf Life Saving awards.

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Trainers provide members with the opportunity to pass on their skills and knowledge to similar-minded and passionate members through a formal learning process. As a Trainer you will be able to conduct courses, both SLSA Awards and Nationally Recognised Units, if you currently hold the relevant award in which you wish to train.

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Provide in-water support for participants in SLS sanctioned activities.

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What other options might suit me?

If you can do this role but would like to use your skills in another area in our organisation here are some other options for you to consider:

There are a wide range of opportunities available for members interested in participating in Surf Life Saving sport.

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Age managers are responsible for running activities for their group of nippers on the day, and encouraging children to learn and progress in their surf lifesaving activities.

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Provide first aid and emergency care to beach goers, surf lifesaving personnel and / or competitors.

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