Learn about Eagle Eye Innovations and the people at the heart of the organisation.
RLSS UK & EEI support drone water-based rescues
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) are launching the UK’s first emergency drone piloting water rescue award. The water safety and lifeguarding experts, have partnered with innovative Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and Drone specialists Eagle Eye Innovations (EEI) to create a unique water rescue award launching this April.
The Emergency Response Drone Pilot Award offers candidates the opportunity to learn the skills, technical knowledge and legalities of using and operating a drone to assist with water-based rescues. The drones are fully waterproof, specially designed for rescues, can find a person in difficulty and deploy a torpedo buoy or inflatable lifesaving device, allowing precious time for a lifeguard or the Emergency Services to reach the casualty.
The course content is Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved and covers; rules and regulations of formal drone flying in the UK, practical drone flying techniques and the lifesaving skills required to perform the emergency actions with a drone that preserve life until rescuers arrive.
Upon completion, candidates will receive three accreditations: a CAA A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 C of C), a General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC) and an RLSS UK Emergency Response Drone Pilot Award.
RLSS UK was established more than 130 years ago and are acknowledged worldwide as an expert in lifeguarding and water safety. They have a proud history of helping to reduce the number of lives lost to drowning and sharing their lifesaving knowledge to save lives and ensure everyone can enjoy water safely.
Robert Gofton, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), said: We are excited to be partnering with EEI on this pioneering new rescue award. Concerningly, accidental water-related deaths increased in 2021, and if using the latest technologies, such as drones, can preserve life until rescuers can reach a casualty, it can only lead to saving more lives and stopping families from having to live with the tragedy of losing a loved one.
Sion Roberts, Managing Director at EEI, states: “The partnership we have established with the RLSS UK brings an exceptional team that can emphasise and educate the disruptive capability of Remotely Piloted technology, through professional training processes and world-class instructors. The flying skills and knowledge that the candidates will learn on the course will add a unique and lifesaving capability to their existing skillsets. It’s another great example of using Drones for Good”.
The award is ideally suited to Emergency Services – Fire Rescue and Police, Local Authorities, Open Water Venues, Triathlon Clubs, Canal & River Trusts, Landowners, River Rescue, Search & Rescue companies. The first course is on Monday 25 – Friday 29 April 2022 at RLSS UK’s headquarters in Worcester.
Related news and insights
MQ-9A Reaper into MQ-9B Protector from a UK PerspectiveRead full article about MQ-9A Reaper into MQ-9B Protector from a UK Perspective
In light of the Protector RG Mk1’s first flight from RAF Waddington, we wanted to highlight the differences in the MQ-9 Reaper and the new MALE platform.
Blending Seas and Skies: How are drones revolutionising the yachting industry?Read full article about Blending Seas and Skies: How are drones revolutionising the yachting industry?
Over the years, drones have crept their way further into the Superyachting industry. But how does having the right drone training and efficient drone pilots really add benefit out on the water?
A Game of Drones: Safety is not a Dirty WordRead full article about A Game of Drones: Safety is not a Dirty Word
The final instalment of Craig Lippett's 'Drone Startup' series is here, discussing the importance of safety assurance and processes within a UK drone startup.
A Game of Drones: Process, Process, Process…Read full article about A Game of Drones: Process, Process, Process…
The third, and penultimate, instalment of Craig Lippett's 'Drone Startup' series ahead of his appearance at the Bird & Bird UAS Roundtable this month, discussing the important of great processes in business, but only where needed.
A Game of Drones: Growing PainsRead full article about A Game of Drones: Growing Pains
The second instalment of Craig Lippett's 'Drone Startup' series ahead of his appearance at the Bird & Bird UAS Roundtable later this year, Craig Lippett, discusses the growing pains and struggles he faced.
A Game of Drones: Getting StartedRead full article about A Game of Drones: Getting Started
Being an essential part of a team within the drone startup can be quite a challenge. Ahead of his appearance at the Bird & Bird UAS Roundtable later this year, Craig Lippett, discusses the ups and downs of his experiences.