Northern Beaches Council lifeguards and rangers in Australia are currently undertaking drone qualifications to operate drones.
The move is part of a plan to give the team greater capability to keep beaches safe and supplement existing regulatory resources.
The tailor-made Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight) qualification has been offered to four council lifeguards and two rangers.
Once completed, the staff will receive their Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Remote Pilot License (RePL), as well as their Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC).
On the training scheme, Northern Beaches mayor, Michael Regan, said: “We’re very lucky to partner with TAFE NSW to undergo this training. It will be invaluable to their respective roles.”
He added: “The qualification will equip lifeguards greater capability to use sophisticated equipment to ascertain what’s going on in the water when their direct line of sight from the ground may be limited.”
The technology will be available in every Lifeguard Coordinators vehicle and used to assist with a range of circumstances including shark sightings and searches.
Mayor Regan continued: “If this technology can help prevent a serious incident or help make our staff jobs that little bit easier, then it’s worth every cent.
“This is industry leading edge stuff and I’m proud that Council is moving with the times being the first ones to undergo this qualification and use technology to assist in their everyday duties.”