Waverley Council employs professional lifeguards to protect visitors to Bondi Beach . These professional lifeguards wear blue uniforms and work 365 days a year.
Waverley Council also employs lifeguards at Bronte and Tamarama beaches but these two beaches are not patrolled in the winter time.
The term lifeguard has been used since about 1994, prior to that the staff who patrolled the beach were known as beach inspectors. The first beach inspector, Dennis 'Dinny' Brown was appointed in 1913 to look after the swimmers at Bondi Beach.
What Qualifications do Lifeguards have?
Anyone wishing to be a lifeguard should be proficient in surf lifesaving or professional lifeguarding with experience and knowledge of open ocean surf beaches in a wide range of conditions. In addition to having completed the "Defibrillator" and "Necksafe" courses it is necessary for applicants to hold:
- Current Class 1A Driver's Licence
- First Aid Certificate
- Advanced Resuscitation Certificate
- P.W.C Waterways Licence
Applicants are also required to undergo a physical test comprising an 800 metre pool swim in under 13 minutes, complete "M" Shape course comprising an 600m ocean swim, 600m sand run, 600m rescue board and 600m sand run in and simulated board and tube rescues while negotiating a surf break.
What do Lifeguards do?
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.
Seasonal Lifeguards are employed for the full swimming season on a 38-hour week on a 7 day rotating roster. Casual lifeguards are engaged as required. The casuals have to meet the same requirements as the seasonal lifeguards.
When are the beaches patrolled?
Bondi Beach is patrolled 365 days a year. Bronte and Tamarama beaches are not patrolled in the winter time.
Lifeguard hours of operation
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
Lifeguard Contact Information
Bondi Beach Lifeguards - 8362 3450
Bronte Beach Lifeguards - 9387 3841
Tamarama Beach Lifeguards - 9300 9056
The volunteer lifesavers wear red and yellow uniforms and assist the lifeguards on the beach at weekends and on public holidays during the summer period. There are four surf life saving clubs at Council’s three beaches: Bronte Surf Life Saving Club, Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club, and two at Bondi Beach - the Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club and the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club. These clubs were founded in the early 1900's.
Further information contact:
Lifeguard Co-ordinator 8362 3407
or Bondi Lifeguards 8362 3450
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