Bondi's most famous residents
Visitors from over 100 countries will be pretty familiar with Bondi Beach, having seen plenty of it on TV thanks to 'Bondi Rescue'. The show follows the trials and tribulations of the surf life savers at Bondi Beach who make more than 5,000 rescues a season (to avoid being on the receiving end see our Bondi swimming guide). The show has been on since 2006 and gives viewers a good look at what the challenging job involves.
The lifeguards patrol the beach 365 days a year and are employed by the local council (Waverley). The council outlines there role as follows; They put out the flags and rescue equipment, patrol designated public surf bathing and surfcraft areas as well as closely monitor dangerous swimming areas. When necessary they perform rescues and resuscitations. When there are strong rips and a big crowd they may perform over 100 rescues a day. In addition to the front line work they provide information on surf and beach conditions to the public and give beach and water safety talks to schools and community groups.
In addition to the professional lifeguard, dressed in blue, you will see volunteer lifeguards based at the local Surf Life Saving Club in red and yellow.
Lifeguard operation hours:
May to September: 8am- 5pm
Late September to start of daylight saving October: 6am- 6pm
Late October to end of daylight saving March: 6am- 7pm
April: 6am- 6pm