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Celebrating 50 years of IRB's in Australia

3 November 2019

Celebrating 50 years of IRB's in Australia

The first trial of the Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) was by Warren Mitchell OAM from Alavon Beach SLSC and in December 1969, the first IRB  rescue was performed by lifesavers at Avalon beach. 

Our Life Member Harry Brown OAM was a pioneer in defining and developing the SLSA specifications for IRB to allow manufactures to build IRB's to the SLSA specification. Harry was also the author of the first IRB Training and Examination manual in 1977 and holds SLSA IRB licence # 01.

North Cronulla SLSC has a very long and proud association with Inshore Rescue Boats (IRB's) in Australia from the very beginning and that continues today with a very strong and vibrate IRB section.

Today our IRB section trains & educates IRB crew members and drivers ,competes at the highest levels and perform their volunteer IRB patrols duties over the summer months.

The link below is a very good video of the 50 year journey of the IRB in Australia supplied by SLSA.

Celebrating 50 years of IRB's in Australia