Joondalup residents Paul and Melanie Holliday fell in love with the WA coastline when they moved from Liverpool in 2008 and wanted to create an app for the community and tourists to access live updates on beach activities.
‘Years ago, two whales were playing 50m offshore, no one was there; it was just us and there was no way of telling anyone they were there,’ Paul said. ‘We thought, what if you could drop a pin on it, and everyone would know.’
From there the app grew and expanded from sharing activity and facility locations to providing safety warnings with shark and rip alerts.
‘One thing we don’t have in the UK is rip currents, so we added a rip current pin,’ he said.
The free app, to be officially launched tomorrow, will expand in the future to include loyalty points for users to become ‘accredited spotters’.
It is hoped that as the app grows in popularity the Department of Fisheries and Surf Life Saving WA would contribute data.
See the interactive video online at www.ikoast.com.au.