IRB’s are used for both life saving and racing and are one of the quickest methods for getting out through surf. The driver sits at the rear of the IRB and negotiates the boat out through the surf to the best of their abilities. The crew person sits at the front to balance the boat and is used as a lookout for obstacles and signals. They are also the ones that pull the patient into the boat or jump out to rescue the patient.
Competition conditions are similar to lifesaving conditions but are a race to see who the better crew is. The boats are lined up on the sand facing up the beach where the driver and crew run down to it and turn it around, drag it into the water and proceed out to the patient the fastest way possible. A patient is picked up at a buoy line, with the patient safely in the boat the crew returns to shore. The driver beaches and exits the boat, the first driver to cross the line is the winner.