SLSWA operates two helicopters – the Perth Metropolitan service, and the South West service.

The Perth service is based at Rous Head in Fremantle, performing coastal surveillance patrols and emergency response missions throughout the greater Perth metropolitan area; from Mandurah in the south to Yanchep in the north and around Rottnest Island. Our Perth-based service is operational from September to April each year.

The South West service, based out of the Busselton Regional Airport, operates from September to April each year with a focus on providing coastal surveillance patrols on weekends and holidays (public and school) over popular coastal destinations between Bunbury and Hamelin Bay.

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2020/21 Season – Service dates:

MonthMetroSouth West
Sep5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th – 30th (inclusive)
OctDaily1st – 11th (inclusive) & 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 31st
NovDaily1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st – 30th (inclusive)
DecDailyDaily
JanDailyDaily
FebDaily6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th
MarDaily1st, 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th
AprDaily2nd – 18th (inclusive) & 24th, 25th, 26th

Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service stats 2020/21

Shark Sightings

144 Metro
357 South West


501 SIGHTINGS

Patrol Hours

519.3 Metro
521.4 South West


1,040.7 HOURS

Number of Patrols

465 Metro
288 South West


753 PATROLS

KM's Patrolled

57,699 Metro
57,933 South West


115,632 KM's

The WLRHS in WA has been operating from Fremantle since 2008 and Busselton since 2013 and is proudly supported by the State Government of Western Australia; and Westpac, who in 2017 renewed their partnership with Surf Life Saving for a further 5 years, taking the national partnership to 49 years – one of the longest community partnerships in Australia!

Not sure what to do if our helicopter sounds its siren while you are in the water?

Visit our Coastal Safety page for more information.