Small boat (IRB/RIB) operations

About six expeditioners in wet suits and gear wade in the water to push an inflatable boat over a wave to launch
Expeditioners pushing the rubber zodiac back out to sea at Macquarie Island (Photo: J Wruck)
Two people in an IRB floating on the water.Two people in a red inflatable boat are dwarfed by a huge red iceberg.

Boating operations from AAD stations must have station leader approval, and are only conducted for scientific, logistic, training or emergency purposes.

Using a single inflatable rubber boat (IRB) or rigid inflatable boat (RIB) in Antarctica, even in the vicinity of the stations, can be hazardous due to unpredictable offshore winds. For example, an engine failure, even close to shore, on a windy day, can be very dangerous. Therefore all single engine boats must be operated in tandem except under special circumstances.

IRB/RIB, barge and work boat operators must hold a Coxswain I certificate. IRB/RIB operators should have completed an AAD IRB/RIB driving course. Operators should familiarise themselves with procedures specific to their vessel.