SLSWA’s Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopters play a crucial role in coastal safety and identifying emergencies. Manned by paid and volunteer personnel, the highly-trained crews are on the lookout for people in distress.

This includes locating rip currents and incidents on beaches, as well as identifying risks from marine life, including sharks. The services are also regularly tasked with assisting Water Police and other agencies in search and rescue activities.

SLSWA operates two helicopter services – 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, our Perth-based service is operational from September to April each year.

The South West service, based out of Busselton, operates from September to April each year with a focus on providing coastal surveillance patrols on weekends, and public and school holidays over popular coastal destinations.



Shark Sightings

90 Metro
243 South West


Patrol Hours

451.6 Metro
454.5 South West

906.1 HOURS

Number of Patrols

445 Metro
345 South West


KM's Patrolled

50,182 Metro
50,504 South West

100,686 KM's

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Launched in December 2008, the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service is proudly supported by the State Government of Western Australia; Westpac, who have been supporters of Surf Life Saving for over 40 years; and the Roberts Family.

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.