2016/2017 - Proficiency - Powercraft Awards (IRB Driver & Crew, ATV)

Not all powercraft award holders need to demonstrate skills in a ‘one off’ skills maintenance check and that many may be deemed as proficient via demonstration of competency during normal operational activities. Proficiency of powercraft award holders may be able to be assessed in numerous ways such as through the use of log books and club powercraft officer recommendation.

All members must demonstrate proficiency in the pre-requisite awards associated with these awards as follows:

IRB Crew Person Certificate

  • Proficient Bronze Medallion

Silver Medallion IRB Driver

  • Proficient Bronze Medallion
  • Proficient IRB Crew
  • Hold a current state/territory boat licence (where applicable)

RWC Operator

  • Proficient Bronze Medallion
  • Proficient Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate/Advanced Resuscitation Tecniques [AID]
  • Proficient Apply First Aid/First Aid [AID]
  • Hold Silver Medallion Beach Management
  • Hold a current state/territory boat/PWC licence (where applicable)
  • Additional state/territory pre-requisites as required

IRB Crew Certificate

Skills maintenance in this award may be assessed by an authorised delegate. Logged hours should be included in an assessment of skills maintenance.
  1. Questions on safety and the SLSA Powercraft Code of Conduct. Theory is available online.
  2. Demonstrate effective and safe crewing practice and ability including:
  • Parallel running
  • Figures eight
  • Response to signals
  • Negotiation of surf as required
  • Demonstrate patient rescue
  • Demonstrate ability to carry out a patient lift, exit, carry and lay.


Silver Medallion IRB Driver

Skills maintenance in the Silver Medallion IRB Driver award can only be assessed by an IRB Assessor. Logged hours should be included in making assessment decisions.

  1. Questions on safety and the SLSA Powercraft Code of Conduct. Theory is available online.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply safe driving practice including but not limited to:
  • Parallel runningParallel running
  • Figures eight
  • Response to signals
  • Negotiation of surf as required
  • Demonstrate patient rescue
  • Demonstrate ability to carry out a patient lift, exit, carry and lay. 

Specialist Powercraft Awards (JRB/ORB) and RWC Operator

Skills maintenance for specialist groups shall be determined by the individual group and as approved by the relevant State Director of Lifesaving. Skills maintenance may be assessed during normal operational activities.

ATV Awards

A member’s driving licence must be checked each year for currency.
A member whose driver’s licence has been cancelled (or suspended) must not be driving the ATV.
on 25 August 2016
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