Our lifeguards


Waverley Council lifeguards patrol Bondi, Bronte, and Tamarama beaches. They are a group of professionals who are highly trained in rescue and resuscitation techniques, and work all year round to help keep the community safe.

Want to know more? See below

What do lifeguards do?

The role of our lifeguards is to assess beach conditions throughout the day and monitor the safety of all who visit.

On top of their frontline work, they also visit schools and community groups to educate the public about water safety. For enquiries related to educational presentations from our lifeguards, please email beachsafety@waverley.nsw.gov.au

Lifeguard hours of operation

High season (0600-1900) – first week October 2023 through to first week April 2024

Low season  (0600-1800) – second week April 2024 to last week September 2024

Difference between lifeguards and lifesavers


Both lifeguards and lifesavers work hard to keep beach visitors safe. Lifeguards are employed by Council whereas lifesavers are volunteers who give their time to patrol beaches, particularly during busy periods.

The easiest way to spot the difference between lifeguards and lifesavers is by their uniform. Lifeguards wear a blue uniform while lifesavers wear red and yellow.

There are four volunteer Surf Life Saving Clubs (SLSC) located in the Waverley LGA:

Lifeguard qualifications

If you are interested in becoming a lifeguard, check out the job criteria here. If you wish to apply, please see Jobs for latest vacancies.

Waverley Council is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all candidates. We strongly encourage applications from women and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Beach safety presentations with Waverley lifeguards

For educational enquiries about beach safety presentations for schools and other community groups, email beachsafety@waverley.nsw.gov.au

Need more information? Contact

Customer Service Centre
Phone: 9083 8000
Email: info@waverley.nsw.gov.au

Beach Wheelchairs booking

Phone: 9083 8400