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Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) first came into use for Surf Lifesaving in 1968, and are now used in more than 60% of surf rescues. There are over 200 IRB's operating in clubs throughout New Zealand.
IRB racing is an exhilirating part of Surf Life Saving Competition.
Crews of 2 (driver and crewman) race in male and female senior, open and under 21 categories.
The driver must have held their IRB Drivers award for at least 2 years, and the crewman must hold a current IRB Crewmans award.
Competition events include:
- Single Rescue
- Mass Rescue
- Assembly
- Teams race
- Tube Rescue
There are a number of competitions held throughout New Zealand ranging from local interclub competition to Regional and National Championships