Inshore Rescue Boat Program is one-of-a-kind summer job
‘It’s a very serious job, but one that comes with a lot of rewards’
How’s this for an awesome summer job?
The Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Program, offered by the Canadian Coast Guard, hires students to fill summer search and rescue (SAR) positions around the coasts of Newfoundland.
“It’s a very serious job, but one that comes with a lot of rewards,” explained Owen Evans, an engineering student from McMaster University in Ontario. This is his fourth summer working for the IRB program.
“It’s an amazing opportunity … this is one of the best things you can do in the summer as a student.”
Anthony Condotta, who is a speech communications and business student at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, is participating in the IRB for the very first time this summer. His love of first aid and SAR work led him to the program.
“I find all first-aid work really rewarding. You’re looking after people, making sure they’re OK, and that’s something you never really question at the end of the day. You always go home knowing that you’ve done something good,” he explained.
“I would recommend you jump on board for the experience. It’s been amazing.”
But, before deciding to jump onboard, you might want to Look at the criteria.
Any student wishing to apply must hold a valid VHF Digital Selective Call Restricted Maritime Radio Operators Certificate, a Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) LEVEL C, a standard first aid certificate, a pleasure craft operator card, and, last but not least, a Canadian driver’s license.
“It takes a bit of work to meet the criteria,” summarized Stephen Sheppard, SAR preparedness officer and IRB program co-ordinator.
Students who do meet the criteria and are hired by the Canadian Coast Guard help augment SAR operations during peak traffic summer months, responding mostly to inshore pleasure craft incidents. They are, however, equipped to respond to calls including vessels up to 65 feet.
May 16 search and rescue training on Bonavista Bay.
Stephen Sheppard, SAR Preparedness Officer and IRD program co-ordinator.