At the date of entry closure for the competition to be contested:
(a) Drivers are required to:

  • (i) Be a minimum of seventeen years of age as at the date of competition.
  • (ii) Hold their relevant state/territory maritime licence required to operate an IRB.
  • (iii) Hold their IRB drivers award, be currently proficient as required by SLSA and have logged twenty (20) hours specific in-water IRB competition driving training under the supervision of a currently licensed IRB Surf Coach.
  • (iv) Be endorsed by a currently licensed IRB Surf Coach as being competent for IRB competition.
  • Note: In all training and competition it is compulsory for drivers to wear high visibility (conspicuous colour) SLSA approved level 50 Australian Standard (AS4758) lifejackets or Type 2 (AS1499-1996) lifejackets. (Level 50S lifejackets unless listed on the SLSA Approved Gear and Equipment List are not approved.) It is not required for high visibility safety vests to be worn over the top of lifejackets. See also Section 2 of the Surf Sports Manual.

(b) Crewpersons are required to:

  • (i) Be a minimum of sixteen years of age as at the date of competition.
  • (ii) Hold their IRB crewpersons award, be currently proficient as required by SLSA and have logged twenty (20) hours specific in-water IRB competition driving or crewing training under the supervision of currently licensed IRB Surf Coach.
  • (iii) Be endorsed by a currently licensed IRB Surf Coach as being competent for IRB competition.
  • Note: In all training and competition it is compulsory for crewpersons to wear high visibility (conspicuous colour) SLSA approved level 50 Australian Standard (AS4758) lifejackets or Type 2 (AS1499-1996) lifejackets. (Level 50S lifejackets unless listed on the SLSA Approved Gear and Equipment List are not approved.) It is not required for high visibility safety vests to be worn over the top of lifejackets. See also Section 2 of the Surf Sports Manual.

(c ) Patients are required to:

  • (i) Be a minimum of fifteen years of age before October 01 in the season the competition is being conducted.
  • (ii) Hold their IRB crewpersons award, be currently proficient as required by SLSA and have logged twenty (20) hours specific in-water IRB competition driving or crewing training under the supervision of currently licensed IRB Surf Coach.
  • (iii) Be endorsed by a currently licensed IRB Surf Coach as being competent for IRB competition.
  • Note 1: In all training and competition it is compulsory for patients to wear high visibility (conspicuous colour) SLSA approved level 50 Australian Standard (AS4758) lifejackets or Type 2 (AS1499-1996) lifejackets. (Level 50S lifejackets unless listed on the SLSA Approved Gear and Equipment List are not approved.) It is not required for high visibility safety vests to be worn over the top of lifejackets. See also Section 2 of the Surf Sports Manual.
  • Note 2: The wearing of approved helmets is compulsory for patients in all events (other than the Rescue Tube Race). IRB patients are to wear helmets in both training and in competition. See also Section 2 of the Surf Sports Manual.

(d) Handlers, at the date of competition, are required to:

  • (i) Be a minimum of fifteen years of age before October 01 in the season the competition is being conducted.
  • (ii) Hold the IRB crewpersons certificate and be currently proficient as required by SLSA.
  • (iii) Be a member of the same club or team as the crews and be entered at the competition (exemption may be given by the Referee for a member of another club or team to be a Handler provided that the Handler is entered at the competition).
  • (iv) Wear a competition cap and shall be required to wear a distinctive high visibility pink, orange, yellow, green or red coloured vest as determined by SLSA (or relevant SLS Event Organiser) if entering the water beyond knee depth.
    Alternatively, handlers may wear a high visibility (conspicuous colour) SLSA approved level 50 Australian Standard (AS4758) lifejacket or Type 2 (AS1499-1996) lifejackets. (Level 50S lifejackets unless listed on the SLSA Approved Gear and Equipment List are not approved.) It is not required for high visibility safety vests to be worn over the top of lifejackets.
  • (v) Comply with all instructions of the officials.
  • (vi) Make every effort to ensure that they, or the equipment that they are handling, does not impede another crew, otherwise both their competitor and the Handler may be subject to disqualification.

(e) Competitors should be conversant with all current specifications, competition rules and event conditions etc. pertaining to IRB competition and comply accordingly. Attention is also drawn to other relevant sections of the Surf Sports Manual including Section 2 – General Competitive Conditions and any other relevant circulars or bulletins that must also be complied with.