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You are here > news > Welcome to the first IRB Bulletin of 2017 from SLSA Wales Powercraft.


IRB Bulletins will be issued by SLSA Wales Powercraft throughout the year to help keep your Club informed on the IRB issues that affect your Club and help you run an effective IRB Section within your Club.

Bulletins will be issued throughout the season advising on events, training, technical issues and any other IRB related issues. IRB Bulletin 001/17 mainly covers SLSA Wales responsibilities and Club responsibilities in running an effective IRB service.

Powercraft’s Responsibilities
SLSA Wales Powercraft is one of the 4 Commissions of SLSA Wales. Powercraft is responsible for all IRB related issues on behalf of SLSA Wales including technical advice, examination standards, offering training and safety cover at SLSA Wales events and the upkeep, maintenance and insurance of the IRBs belonging to SLSA Wales. The SLSA Wales IRB’s are available for Club use if needed but are only insured for use by a qualified Coxswain and Crewman or training under the supervision of a qualified Coxswain.

Club Responsibilities
If you run an IRB in your Club it is your Club’s responsibility to run and maintain your equipment. This includes keeping an accurate record of all qualifications in your Club, training logs, maintenance logs for your IRB and to record details of all launches of your IRB. SLSA Wales does not insure your IRB and it is your Clubs responsibility to insure your boat and motor. SLSA Wales IRB insurance only covers the IRB’s owned by SLSA Wales for use by qualified personnel. We strongly suggest that non-qualified members are not permitted by your Club to use your Club IRB’s as you may find your insurance to be invalid in the event of an incident – Powercraft suggests you contact your IRB insurer to check details of your cover before the start of the 2017 season.

Individual Responsibilities
It is an individual’s own responsibility to keep an up to date record of hours and qualifications. If you are not qualified do not use the IRB. SLSA Wales keeps an up to date record of all IRB qualifications so if you are unsure as to who is qualified in your Club or when your qualifications expire please contact us before you plan to go on the water.

SLSA Wales Powercraft will be running training sessions, proficiency testing and examinations throughout 2017 – the first event planned is the start of season training event at Porthcawl over the weekend of 22 & 23 April.
EVENT 1 2017 - Porthcawl 22/23 April - No previous experience required.
Preseason get together to ‘start season’ – 2 days on the water – 10am start Saturday & Sunday – training, advice and technical knowledge available.

Chris Parry
Powercraft Chairman - Surf Life Saving Association of Wales



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