Originally Posted by tim griffin
Is it for beach lifeguard work as the IRB'S in praire tubers post or for more general stuff like dinghy's and boats .
What do the Canadian SLSA use as a matter of interest
Excellent point, those 3.8 meter IRBs used is OZ & NZ are mean't specifically for saving swimmers/surfers. They simply wouldn't have the space for, say, supporting divers & their equipment. I think the those previous links provide useful info about the standards of construction quality for boats in that size range
In Canada, there doesn't seem to be any national standard watercraft for lifeguards patrolling the beaches. Here in Manitoba for example some beach patrols primarily use PWCs, some use Boston Whalers, while others may use SIBs, or a combination of them.
This is a new endeavor for a local guy which I can see gaining alot of favour for this application;
For the coastguard & RCMP patrolling ocean coast or the larger inland lakes, you'll see aluminum hulled ribs, usually between 5.5m to 7.5 m.