Surf Life Saving WA’s Drone Patrol recently carried out its second training course of the season, with 9 volunteers from Secret Harbour, Cottesloe, City Beach, Mullaloo and Quinns-Mindarie Surf Life Saving Clubs participating.
Held over the weekend of 7-8 April, the near perfect weather conditions allowed for an intense but fun couple of days flying at City Beach.
In the lead up to the training, each participant spent a number of hours on the beach acting as spotters for current Drone Patrol operators whilst getting support and guidance from our dedicated Drone Patrol mentors.
Our training provider was delighted to see this pathway and succession plan in place, with a high standard being set by participants during the training. SLSWA now has the framework to empower those with little to no experience or understanding of drone technology with the knowledge and skill set that meets the Civil Aviation Safety Authority standard.
Eight of the nine participants successfully passed the training course with the remaining participant unable to complete due to other commitments, however some one-on-one support from our Drone Patrol mentors will see this participant operating very soon. This season, Drone Patrol have trained 24 volunteer operators; setting a great foundation for the 2018/2019 season.
As the season draws to a close, Drone Patrol will continue to operate at Secret Harbour, Cottesloe, City Beach, Mullaloo and Quinns Mindarie ahead of an off season review and planning for 2018/2019.
For more information about Drone Patrol please contact Aerial Surveillance Officer, Andrew Rogers.
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