Awards and Training

IRB Drivers/ Crew awards 

Drivers: 13 - 15 December 2023 (attendance required on all dates)

Drivers: 9 - 11 March 2024 

Crew: 19 - 21 December 2023


The Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) is one of the safest and fastest rescue methods employed by lifesaving clubs all around Australia. It is operated by two lifesavers: a Driver and a Crew person. Each of these roles have a separate qualification attached to them. 


People wishing to obtain their IRB crew (IRBC) certificate must hold their bronze medallion and be at least 16 years of age. The IRBC keeps the boat trim and assists the driver with patient pickups, navigation and other operational duties. This award covers:

  • IRB crewing techniques and safety
  • IRB patient pick up techniques
  • Search and Rescue
  • IRB maintenance and equipment

Once you obtain your IRBC you can go for your IRB drivers certificate (IRBD). As well as having you IRBC you must be at least 17 years of age and hold a current boat license. The IRBD is the person that controls the boat (direction, speed, altitude) and is responsible for themselves, the IRBC and all other people (including the public) around the boat during operation. As well as being required to know all of the IRBC certificate the IRBD certificate training expands on the following topics:

  • IRB driving techniques and surf negotiation
  • Motor operation and maintenance 
  • Victorian boating laws 
  • IRB safety and responsibility

Wye River SLSC runs these two awards at least once per season. Dates for this season will be announced in September 2017.  If enough people are interested additional courses can be organised. Please register your interest in obtaining either or both if these awards by emailing the Chief Instructor at


First aid and resuscitation awards


First aid and resuscitation are awards that you can take with you anywhere you go making them a worthwhile award to do no matter how you're involved with your lifesaving club. Apart from being an excellent (and in some workplaces required) skills set these awards could help you save someone's life! The following awards are offered by Wye River SLSC:



Advanced resuscitation techniques (ART)

28 January 2024

The ART builds upon techniques learned in the Bronze Medallion course and introduces the use and maintenance of:

  • Defibrillators
  • Oropharyngeal (OP) Airways
  • Oxygen assisted resuscitation
  • Suction

This award only takes 1 to 2 days to complete and is run one to two times per season at Wye River SLSC. 


Senior First Aid (SFA)

28 January 2024

The SFA award is the lifesaving equivalent of level 2 first aid and as such is recognised beyond the lifesaving environment. It further expands on the knowledge introduced in the ART certificate and the Bronze Medallion and introduces topics such as:

  • Advanced wound management
  • Non-lifesaving scenarios
  • Advanced triage
  • And many other topics

For any further information or to register your interest in any of the above awards please contact the chief instructor at


Basic Beach Management


This award is suitable for senior Lifesavers (aged 17+)  who are/aspire to be a Patrol Captain/Patrol Vice-Captain/Lifeguard and would like to learn how to effectively manage people, situations, prioritisation, leadership and gain greater understanding of what goes into organising the Beach on a holistic level.


Training and assessing and other awards


Training and assessing:

Training and assessing is an important part of your club! If you are interested in lending a helping hand in training the next generation of patrollers we would love to hear from you. Awards include the Training Officers Certificate, Facilitators course and the Assessors course.


The requirements are the award you wish to be able to train/ assess in, attendance of the course at LSV and of course the training! Training and assessing is a challenging and rewarding experience and if you’d like to get involved email the Chief Instructors at


Other awards:

There are many other awards offered by LSV and Wye River SLSC occasionally runs awards if the demand is high enough. That said if you’re interested in any award offered by LSV (see this page you can email the Chief Instructor at  Often if we can’t run the course a suitable club nearby will be running it soon and we can set you up with them. Once set up we often find it is easy to find a small group of people who are also interested in obtaining that award so you’ll never be alone!


If you require any further information about awards or training please contact the Chief Instructor at