The Open World Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Championships will be held at Lifesaving World Championships | Adelaide (LWC 2018). Individual team medals shall be presented to the first three places in the final of all IRB events conducted at the IRB World Championships and winners shall be recognised as Lifesaving World Champions. The Charles Thomson, MBE Memorial Trophy shall be presented to the winning club team of the World IRB Championships.
Open World Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Championships Open (non-point score) world championship IRB events are conducted in both open male and open female categories. Competitors may enter regardless of their involvement in the Interclub or National Teams World Lifesaving Championships provided that they comply with the eligibility requirements. There is no restriction on the number of club entries in this championship.
IRB events do not contribute to the point score in National Teams or Interclub Lifesaving World Championships. The 2016 IRB World Championships shall be conducted in both male and female categories. For event description, see Section 7 of the ILS Competition Rule Book.