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