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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:

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:

Asset qualifications include any additional training in:

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:

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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