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Drone pilots undertake training on Sunshine Coast

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Drones will take to the skies over Mooloolaba Beach today as part of a training course to upskill drone pilots.

The operators from across the region are undertaking a three-day course to allow them to fly larger drones.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Project Manager Drone Operations Jason Argent said the pilots currently operate sub-2kg drones and are being trained to operate sub-7kg drones.

“These pilots have been flying smaller drones, but now they will be able to fly larger drones enhancing our surveillance capabilities,” he said.

“The course includes both practical and theory elements, with the pilots putting their skills to the test on the final day when they demonstrate their flying ability.”

“Successful completion of the course will see them gain their remote pilot licence.”

Drones provide a different perspective and viewpoint, further boosting the level of protection offered by patrols.

“Drones can relay vision with pinpoint accuracy, assisting to spot rips and monitor marine life,” Mr Argent said.

“The additional training will enable us to continue regular surveillance patrols at Sunshine Coast beaches as part of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Drone program.”

Most beachgoers would have seen drones operating on popular Sunshine Coast beaches throughout the school holidays, with more than 40 flights conducted.

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