(a) The decision to proceed to sea is ultimately the responsibility of the driver and crewperson.
(b) After entering the IRB the driver and crewperson must maintain their “normal position” as described below. This must be done in a safe manner with three secure points of contact maintained at all times.
(c)The normal driver position is defined as right foot in the foot strap, left hand holding the driver pontoon handle, right hand holding motor throttle grip, and seated on the pontoon.
(d) The normal crewperson position is the left foot in the foot strap, left hand holding the bow rope handle, right hand holding the inner pontoon (boarding) handle or lifeline rope, and seated on the pontoon.
(e) The normal patient position is defined as crouched inside the IRB and holding onto the pontoon lifeline rope with at least one hand. The patient must not be seated on the floor or pontoon of the IRB.
(f) The only exceptions to these normal positions are detailed below and must be done so in a safe manner whilst maintaining three secure points of contact at all times.
- (i) The crewperson and/or driver may leave their normal position to drag the IRB over a sand bar if the motor is electrically dead, or in the neutral position if left running.
- (ii) The crewperson may rise from the seated position to absorb the impact of negotiating a wave or swell.
- (iii) The crewperson may move into the locked-in crewing position (as described in the current edition of the SLSA Powercraft Training Manual) when “punching” a wave.
- (iv) The crewperson may move their weight for turning or negotiating shallow water.
- (v) The crewperson may move their weight and adjust their securing points for buoy turns.
- (vi) The crewperson may leave their normal position for all patient pickups.
- (vii) The driver may leave their normal position for the rescue tube pick-up.
- (viii) The crewperson does not necessarily need to be seated in an upright position in the IRB when grounding or beaching at the finish of a race but must be seated and maintain three points of contact.
- (ix) A momentary shift from the respective normal position of the driver, crew or patient(s) provided that the team member does not otherwise become dislodged from their correct position.
(g) The driver and crewperson must maintain control of the IRB at all times during the competition to ensure it moves in a safe and controlled manner.
(h) The leading IRB, whilst proceeding to the buoys, shall have right-of-way and the trailing IRB must take evasive action by turning or giving way to prevent collision.