See what lifesavers see
69% of Australians can’t identify rip currents
Sadly, that makes them the biggest killer on our beaches.
Every year thousands of people get caught out in rips, which we could help prevent with right beach knowledge.
We’re helping to make the invisible, visible
Pocket Patrol is an innovative smartphone app that’s designed to help Australians locate the position of rip currents using augmented reality, along with other hazards like submerged rocks and shallow sandbanks, that on-duty surf lifesavers have identified at selected patrolled beaches*.
Samsung and Surf Lifesaving Australia are currently trialing Pocket Patrol on selected Sunshine Coast beaches. So if you’re in the area, download the app and come on down to the beach to give it a go!*
While you’re down there look out for the Pocket Patrol tent for a unique virtual reality experience. You can feel what it might be like to get caught in a rip wearing the Gear VR headset and without putting yourself in any danger.
Our ultimate goal is to use this technology to further promote beach safety on all Australian beaches. Pocket Patrol will give surf lifesavers another resource to continue educating beachgoers of the hidden dangers on our beaches.
*The Pocket Patrol app is only available for Android users during the trial and can only be activated at selected Sunshine Coast beaches.
Pocket Patrol is designed to promote surf safety only. It is not a safety or warning device, and must never be relied upon as a substitute for advice from an on-duty surf lifesaver and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. Surf conditions are variable. Hazard information may not be up-to-date and may not identify all hazards. Beach areas not identified as hazardous may still be hazardous and unsafe. Always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google Inc.