Lifeguards with drones keep beachgoers safe in Australia

Lifeguards with drones keepbeachgoers (and sharks) safe in New South Wales, . The NSW government started the drone initiative in response to an unprecedented spike in shark bites in 2015.

Lifeguards with drones keep beachgoers safe in Australia

The Conversation reports that among various technology trials drones were investigated for the potential to scan the ocean for sharks and keep beachgoers safe. Lifeguards in New South Wales are now increasingly operating drones. A recent survey found that the public supports this idea as it not only protects human beings but keeps the sharks safe as well.

Lifeguards With Drones Keep Beachgoers Safe In Australia

Alternative solutions such as shark nets and drum lines have been used on the eastern Australian coast as well. However, these solutions kill many sharks and other marine such as rays, turtles, and dolphins.

Contrary to many other shark mitigation solutions, drones require very little infrastructure. As an added bonus the unmanned aircraft can also be used for other beach safety services such as assisting with operations, dropping life vests or floatation devices to swimmers in need, and monitoring rip tides.

Lifeguards With Drones Keep Beachgoers Safe In Australia 1

In collaboration with NSW Surf Life Saving, shark surveillance drones have operated on over 18 beaches along the eastern Australian coastline.

Lifeguards manually fly the drones throughout today within-line-of-sight and scan the waters for sharks. If a predator is spotted the drone pilots decide whether it is a threat to public safety and if the alarm needs to be sounded to evacuate people from the water.

During trails that lasted from October 2018 to April 2019, 350 sharks were spotted, which caused 48 beach evacuations.

You can read more stories of here.

Lifeguards With Drones Keep Beachgoers Safe In Australia 2

Droneu Marketing Banner Ad 1

Stay in touch!

If you'd like to stay up to date with all the latest drone , scoops, rumors, and reviews, then follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or…

Subscribe to our Daily Drone News email.*


Submit tips If you have information or tips that you would like to share with us, feel free to submit them hereSupport You can support by using these links when you make your next drone purchase: Adorama, Amazon, B&H, BestBuy, eBay, DJI, Parrot, and Yuneec. We make a small commission when you do so at no additional expense to you. Thank you for helping DroneXL grow! FTC: uses affiliate links that generate income.

* We do not sell, share, rent out or spam your email, ever. Our email goes out on weekdays around 5:30 p.m.

Follow on your Google News feed.

Get your Part 107 Certificate

Pass the test and take to the skies with the Pilot Institute. We have helped thousands of people become airplane and commercial drone pilots. Our courses are designed by industry experts to help you pass FAA tests and achieve your dreams.

pilot institute dronexl

Copyright © 2023. All rights reserved. The content, images, and intellectual property on this website are protected by copyright law. Reproduction or distribution of any material without prior written permission from is strictly prohibited. For permissions and inquiries, please contact us here.

FTC: is an Amazon Associate and uses affiliate links that can generate income from qualifying purchases. We do not sell, share, rent out, or spam your email.

Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

Articles: 2612

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap