The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter has made a surprise landing at a Beaudesert school this week in a rare visit for more than 200 students.
On day three of the Queensland Lifesavers Appeal, the iconic helicopter stopped by St Mary's School to give students a closer look at Surf Lifesaving Queensland's eyes in the sky.
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service crew chief Andrew McNeilly said the visit was a timely reminder for kids to be safe on the beach during summer.
"Visiting schools and communities provides a great opportunity for us to remind them how to be safe when visiting the beach," he said.
St Mary's School students heard a presentation by the crew and asked questions on how they protect swimmers on Queensland beaches.
"We talk to the students not only about what the helicopter does but also teach them where the safest spot is to swim and how to get help if they get into difficulty," Mr McNeilly said.
"Hopefully we might even inspire some of the children to get involved in surf lifesaving."
Since it was set up in 1976, the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service has saved more than 850 lives and performed more than 10,000 missions across Queensland.
Westpac Bank Manager Tracey Petersen said it was important for kids to be aware of water safety in case of an emergency.
"The session is great fun and an interactive experience, where students will be able to watch the helicopter fly in and land at their school with the chance to ask the crew and pilot questions about flying, rescues and patrols," she said.
"They will also get a close-up view of the Service's state-of-the-art lifesaving equipment that's designed to help the crew in emergency situations, including the Chopper's radio and navigation equipment."
The Queensland Lifesavers Appeal is the state's only Surf Life Saving fundraiser for the year, with all funds raised going towards equipment and training for the organisation. Donate to the service online.