Beach-goers this summer may think... is it a bird?... is it plane?...but no... it's actually a drone!
Two Hunter beaches will have an extra level of protection this summer with lifeguards getting tech-savvy at Birubi and Redhead.
Drones will buzz about to monitor the water from above, and they'll also carry an inflatable flotation device that can be dropped down to swimmers who are in trouble.
The project is all about giving swimmers extra peace of mind.
It follows a success trial up on the North Coast last year.