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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2019/20 Season – Service dates:

MonthMetroSouth West
Sep1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th, 30th1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th, 30th
OctDaily1st to 13th (inclusive), 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th
NovDaily2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th to 30th (inclusive)
FebDaily1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th
MarDaily1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 28th, 29th
AprDaily4th, 5th, 10th to 27th (inclusive)

Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service stats 2018/19

Shark Sightings

130 Metro
302 South West


Patrol Hours

443.4 Metro
446.2 South West

889.6 HOURS

Number of Patrols

440 Metro
301 South West


KM's Patrolled

49,266 Metro
49,577 South West

98,843 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.