Nell Bennett, Joe Smith, Zack Mitchell, Beatrice Buffa, Shane Chandler

A remotely operated flotation and communication device for distressed swimmers on unsupervised beaches.

Powerful surf, currents and variable conditions make Australia’s beaches hazardous environments. Over 50% of coastline deaths occur on isolated beaches or afterhours when lifeguards are not present. ARC is a remotely controlled, first-response device capable of reaching distressed swimmers or surfers and providing floatation. Voice communication keeps the distressed swimmer or surfer calm while appropriate aid is coordinated. ARC is housed on a portal situated at the beach entrance. The portal brings awareness of the beach conditions, reminds visitors of the volatile nature of the coast and informs them how to activate ARC in an emergency.