Apply to the Inshore Rescue Boat Student Program: Step 1. Who can apply

Who can apply

To apply to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) service, you must be:

  • a full-time post-secondary student in an accredited institution who is returning to full-time studies in your next academic term
  • fluent in French to work in the Quebec region and fluent in English to work in all other regions
  • able to successfully:
    • obtain a government-issued reliability security clearance
    • pass a Health Canada medical clearance which includes a:
      • hearing test
      • physical examination
      • pulmonary function test
      • colour-vision examination

Security clearance and physical exams are only completed after your selection and interview process.

Students applying for an IRB position must hold a valid:

All applicants should have:

  • general knowledge of:
    • marine safety
    • the work performed by the IRB
  • the ability to work in a team
  • personal suitability, including:
    • initiative
    • reliability
    • judgement

Asset qualifications include any additional training in:

  • medical/first aid
  • small vessel operations/basic navigation

Applicants for the Rankin Inlet station must be Indigenous persons who are:

  • currently registered full-time in a recognized post-secondary institution, such as:
    • CEGEP
    • college
    • university
  • registered in another ongoing educational or training program
  • returning to full-time studies at a recognized post-secondary institution or other ongoing educational or training program in the next academic term

Conditions of employment

Once selected for training, candidates will have to complete a 16-day training course that includes classroom study, on-water exercises and written examinations. Employment will only be offered by the IRB coordinator if all portions of training are completed successfully.

All IRB crew members must:

  • be willing to:
    • work extra hours, sometimes with little notice
    • serve as a replacement in neighbouring territories
    • be posted to any IRB station in any region as assigned by the employer
  • wear the provided:
    • CCG uniform to CCG uniform standards
    • required personal protective equipment when in the operational field
  • successfully complete the 16-day training course that certifies candidates in:
    • Marine Emergency Duties (MED)
    • Marine Advanced First Aid (MAFA)
    • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) training
  • adhere to the IRB Operational Standing Orders and Standard Operating Procedures

Coxswain candidate requirements

Students returning to the program may apply for coxswain if they have:

  • a minimum of 2 years of experience in IRB Boat operations
  • their Rigid Hull Inflatable Operator Training (RHIOT) certification

In addition to the essential requirements for all IRB crew, students applying for coxswain positions must have:

  • extra-curricular experience in:
    • clubs
    • teams
    • organized sports
    • volunteer organizations
  • skills in seamanship and boating
  • the ability to provide marine rescue services
  • effective oral and written communication skills
  • knowledge in small vessel operations laws, rules and regulations
  • experience in small vessel practical navigation or seamanship

Naval Reserve candidate requirements

In addition to the essential requirements and conditions of employment for all IRB crew, Naval Reserve members applying to the program must have:

  • level 1 security clearance
  • an Operational Functional Point
  • a medical fitness evaluation and current Fitness for Operational Requirements of CAF Employment (FORCE) test

Ask your Naval Reserve division point of contact for more details about which tests and evaluations you must take.

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