Surf Life Saving Central Coast became the first volunteer surf rescue service with a qualified UAV (drone) service after six (6) local surf lifesavers progressed through the inaugural Little Ripper Lifesaver Academy program to gain their CASA Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Operators Certificate in March 2017.
The new technology has even further boosted the beach safety services Surf Life Saving provide to the local community. They will greatly assist Surf Lifesavers find missing people in major search and rescue operations which at times can extend for days.
They will be an exceptional resource for shark surveillance, member welfare at nipper carnivals and assisting beach patrols with proactive surveillance to identify people at risk away from the standard flagged areas.
The service will operate alongside Central Coast surf club beach patrols on weekends and public holidays in 2017/18.
The service has already attracted interest from some of the world’s leading drone manufactures including DJI, who have supported SLSCC with free product and developed the following video of the service and its capabilities.