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Surf Life Saving SA

Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter


The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service continues to provide essential patrol, rescue and preventative measure strategies to the beach going public of South Australia.

Due to the generous support provided by Westpac, a dedicated helicopter is now able to concentrate on patrolling South Australia's coastline providing comfort and security to the many visitors to our shoreline.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service, launched on 1st September 2005 at Government House by the Governor of South Australia, Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson, has extended SLSSA's patrolling ability to cover a greater number of beaches, while enhancing existing services provided by clubs.

Surf Life Saving SA is committed to saving lives on the beach and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is going to make a significant difference to the service we offer South Australians.

Since 1979, Surf Life Saving South Australia has operated within the aerial services domain, with various changes and a two year absence in this time. However with the support of Westpac, a Helicopter Rescue Service in South Australian coastal areas is again up and running.


The Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Service is only one part of the Life Saving Support Services Division of SLSSA and concentrates on the white water aquatic environment (coastline) by providing a surveillance and rescue service to support our lifesavers on the beaches and assist members of the public who may get into difficulty. The Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Service also supports other Emergency Services, such as South Australian Police, Sea Rescue, Coast Guard, Fisheries etc.

The South Australian Government is also a key supporter of the service, providing support funding to entend the hours of operation being provided by the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter service to the South Australian community.