Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray presented SLSWA with the State Government funding at the Parliament of Western Australia, where he wished the organisation the best in shaping the next generation of strong swimmers and surf lifesavers.
"The WA Government, through Lotterywest, is extremely proud to be supporting community programs such as SLSWA's nippers program, which keeps kids active, healthy and safe.
"This funding will give our next generation of surf lifesavers a strong start, as they follow the thousands of SLSWA volunteers who have saved countless lives patrolling our beaches over the years."
Since March 2017, the McGowan Government has provided almost $12 million to partner with SLSWA
to improve beach safety.
"The safety of people at our beaches is paramount for the McGowan Government and that is why we have made this important decision to fund the extension of the SLSWA aerial patrols until May 27, 2018.
"SLSWA provide a crucial service for our community and form an important part of our multi-faceted shark mitigation strategy in WA and the McGowan Government has always recognised this.
Under the trial, a small drone equipped with a high definition camera will stream live pictures back to SLSWA operators.
"SLSWA will trial the technology to test its capability against varying environmental factors, such as weather conditions and beach geography.
Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said the SharkSmart summer campaign also reminded everyone to report shark sightings to the Water Police as this information was communicated through the SharkSmart website, the SLSWA
twitter, and via SMS to the relevant beach safety authorities and organisations so they could take a variety of safety actions if required.
SLSWA plays a crucial role in protecting Western Australian beaches and it is vitally important to have the aerial patrols in place in time for the warmer weather, Mr Barnett said.
To ensure the Beachsafe information is up-to-date, SLSWA s communications centre Surfcom operates 365 days a year to process the information and data requiring input to Beachsafe.