Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver

Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver offer a suite of sophisticated single and multi rotor UAV's (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or Drones) tailored for search, rescue and lifesaving operations. Little Ripper UAV’s (drones) have been developed specifically to execute multiple strategies including deploying rescue devices and communicating with those requiring assistance. This way Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver rescue teams can react quickly and efficiently to save lives.


Westpac has sponsored the Little Ripper Lifesaver since 28th February 2016, complementing their 42 year commitment to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Services that we have all come to know and love. Westpac believes the The Little Ripper Lifesaver project represents the next evolution in beach safety, with the ability to rapidly identify and respond to incidents with specialised unmanned aircraft.

World Leading Shark Detection Technology

Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver have worked closely with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to develop an Artificial Intelligence based system that is able to detect sharks with high accuraccy, in real-time. This technology allows for faster reaction times to potential shark threats at beaches.

Rescue Pods

The You Little Beauty (ULB) Pods are mounted and deployed from Little Ripper Lifesaver UAVs. These pods are desgined to deploy Automatic External Defribulators, Water activated personal floatation devices, shark repelent devices and personal survival kits.

Become a Pilot

Become A Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver Pilot at our specialist UAV training centre, The Ripper Aviation Training Academy, located in Port Macquarie we offer a wide range of RPAS CASA approved courses, from beginner through to Commercial Licensing.