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UAV Operator’s Induction Program

This course will qualify you to fly a sub 2 Kilo drone for Surf Life Saving shark mitigation surveillance and Water safety.

You will become an integral part of the Patrol team on the beach – some of the tasks associated with this award are to provide surveillance for;

        • The patrol area
        • Junior activities (Nippers)
        • Club training
        • Special event such as ocean swims and triathlons
        • Local community activities like surfing comps
        • Major events like Nutri-Grain, Country championships and Branch carnivals
        • Search and rescue operations
        • Land searches at the request of Police
        • Marine fauna surveys

Who can fly drones for surf life saving?

Anyone who undertakes this training, regardless of age or physical fitness. The program has been responsible for bringing people into surf life saving who otherwise would not have engaged in the activity. For more info click here.

Each candidate attending UAV OIP training will need to apply for an individual’s CASA ARN (needed to fly sub 2kg exempt) and send a copy of their qualification through to and the Branch Administration Officer.

Link to apply – CASA ARN Number

Steps to becoming a UAV Operator for Surf Life Saving

Step 1. Contact the UAV Captain or Chief Instructor / DoE at your Club telling them you would like to enrol in the next UAVOIP course.

Step 2. Make sure you are a financial member of your local club.

Step 3. If you already hold a current SLSA award go to Step 5.

Step 4. Get your Radio Operator’s Certificate – this is an straightforward award to get – simply log in to the SLSA Members area link here  go to eLearning   and complete the online course for Radio Operator’s Certificate then sit a short practical component with a qualified person in your club.

Step 5. Once enrolled you will receive instructions from the UAV Chief pilot in Sydney to be completed before your course. These will include a login to the Canvas learning platform. These are pre-requisites and you cannot be entered into the course until all are completed.

Step 6. Apply for your CASA ARN number following the link above.

Step 7. Sit the theory components and complete your practical flying training over land using Mavis Mini drones and over water flying using the Mavic Enterprise.

Step 8. Undertake 5 hours of supervised UAV operations including:

      • setting up your operational area, pre operation and post operational checks on the aircraft, filling out your flight plans using the AVCRM system, flying,  radio procedures.
      • Your Club UAV Captain or RePl pilot will then sign you off and you are good to fly SOLO – and welcome to an important role within surf life saving.


Date: June  2022                                                                                                                          Date:  June 2022
Venue: Cudgen Headland SLSC                                                                                                 Venue: Yamba SLSC
For more information please visit HERE

Nominations through your Club UAV Captain or CTO / DoE on this FORM.