|Created by||Ben Davies|
|Starring||Waverley Council Lifeguards|
|Narrated by||Andrew Günsberg|
|Opening theme||"In the Summertime" by Thirsty Merc|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||8|
|No. of episodes||85|
|Executive producer(s)||Michael Cordell
|Running time||30 minutes (Including commercials)|
|Production company(s)||Cordell Jigsaw Productions|
|Original channel||Network Ten|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
|Original run||15 February 2006 – present|
|Related shows||Bondi Vet|
Bondi Rescue is an Australian factual television program which is broadcast on Channel Ten. The programme, which has aired since 2006, follows the daily lives and routines of the Waverley Council professional lifeguards who patrol Bondi Beach.
Bondi Rescue was first broadcast in 2006. A spin-off, set in Bali, Indonesia, also briefly screened in 2008. Bondi Rescue is also broadcast in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, Belgium, Hong Kong and worldwide on National Geographic Adventure.
The Bondi lifeguards perform around five thousand rescues over the summer period. They also deal with other incidents including lost children, shark scares, bluebottle stings, injuries, sexual deviants, drunk beach goers and thieves on the beach. Every once in a while, celebrities also make appearances on their shores. These have included Paris Hilton, Russell Crowe, Richard Branson, Snoop Dogg, Hugh Grant, Zac Efron, Rowan Atkinson, Steve Irwin and daughter Bindi, David Hasslehoff, and the Indian Cricket Team.
Bondi also has its Annual Lifeguard Ironman Challenge, which tests the skills of each lifeguard with a one-kilometer run from Bondi to local beach Tamarama, then a one-kilometer swim to nearby Bronte Beach, followed by a two-kilometer board-paddle back to Bondi. The race is handicapped: the more accomplished swimmers and board-paddlers set off from Bondi later (up to twelve minutes, depending on how many competitors there are).
Footage for the show is shot during the preceding Australian summer (usually between November and February), with certain episodes reflecting incidents that have occurred during Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Australia Day. Noteworthy incidents at nearby Tamarama and Bronte Beaches, which the lifeguards are also responsible for, are occasionally shown. Later seasons also featured footage of lifeguard trials and training exercises from the middle of the year. The training in the middle of the year is a trial to test the fitness, strength and ability of the lifeguards. It consists of an 800-metre swim in under thirteen-and-a-half minutes in a swimming pool, then a 600-metre swim surf and two 600-meter runs on the sand at Bondi which should be completed in under 25 minutes. It is also a test for trainee lifeguards to show they are able and committed to the role of a lifeguard. If the competitors do not complete the tasks in the time limit, they are eliminated and do not advance to the next test.
Most rescue boards and jet skis have a camera attached for close-up footage. When deemed safe to do so, the cameraman accompanies the lifeguards out to sea and has even had to assist with rescue operations on a number of occasions.
- Aaron "Azza" Buchan
- Aaron "Azza" Graham
- Adrian "Taco" Kovacic (trainee)
- Adriel "Bacon" Young
- Andrew "Reidy" Reid
- Anthony "Harries" Carroll
- Ben "Quiggers" Quigley
- Ben "Benny" Sutherland
- Bobby "Yak" Yaldwin
- Bruce "Hoppo" Hopkins
- Chris "Chappo" Chapman
- Corey Oliver
- Daniel "Beardy" McLaughlin
- Dean "Deano" Gladstone
- Dunstan "Dunno" Foss
- Greg "Bisho" Bishop
- Harry "H-man" Nightingale
- Jake Nolan
- Jesse "The kid" Pollock
- Kristian "Yatesy" Yates
- Kobi Graham
- Liam "Itchy" Taylor
- Luke "Louie" Daniels
- Matt Hanrahan
- Matt Dee
- Max "Marbles" Ayshford
- Michael "Mouse" Jenkinson
- Quinn "Quinno" Darragh
- Ryan "Whippet" Clarke
- Rod "Kerrbox" Kerr
- Taylor "Cat" Slater
- Terry "Tezz" McDermott
- Tom Bunting
- Trent "Maxi" Maxwell
- Troy "Gonzo" Quinlan
- Brad "Mal" Malyon
- Andrew "Pine" O'Sullivan
- Beau Day
- Ben Davies
- Blake McKeown
- Brooke Cassell
- Chris "Thaney" Thane
- Corey Adams
- Derek Recio
- Des 'The Chairman' Burke
- Kyle Pao
- Matthew Burke
- Nathan Anson
- Sean Carroll
- Scotty Thomson
- Temika Wright (exchange trainee)
- Yamaha Rhino 700, ATV
- Yamaha WaveRunner FX High Output, PWC
- Kracka and Bennet surf rescue board
Bondi Rescue: Bali
An nine-part spin-off series, entitled Bondi Rescue: Bali and set in Bali, Indonesia, premiered on Ten on 10 September 2008. The spin-off followed the Bondi lifeguards as they were assigned to a two-month stint at Kuta Beach, dealing with the more humid climate, a much larger beach and the absence of the rescue equipment they had back home.
The spin-off failed to score ratings, and was pulled after four episodes.
Bondi Rescue has proven to be very successful for Ten, averaging 1.31 million viewers during its third season. It won the Logie Awards Most Popular Factual Program in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and also a nomination for the Most Outstanding Factual Series at the 2010 and 2011 ceremonies. Its success also led to similar series such as the Seven Network's Surf Patrol and Nine's Deadly Surf being commissioned.
A game based on the show was developed for iPhone and iPad. In the game, the player is a lifeguard who must keep the swimmers between the flags and protect them from hazards.
|Release date||Discs||Special Features|
|1||6 Feb - 27 Mar 2006||8||13 February 2008||2||Slipcase Packaging|
|2||5 Feb - 9 Apr 2007||10||13 February 2008||2||Slipcase Packaging|
|3||5 Feb - 6 May 2008||14||17 September 2008||2||Slipcase Packaging|
|4||8 Feb - 3 May 2009||13||5 August 2009||2||Hoppo rescue|
|5||7 Feb - 2 May 2010||13||3 August 2011||2||Slipcase Packaging|
|6||6 Feb - 24 Apr 2011||14||1 December 2011||2||Stand by (unaired episode)|
|7||6 Feb - 7 May 2012||13||7 May 2012||N/A|
|8||10 Feb - ? 2013||13||2013||N/A|
- Waverley Council - Lifeguard History Project and photos
- Carroll, Nick (2009). Out The Back With Bondi Rescue: True Stories Behind the Hit TV Show. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-1-74175-908-2
- Waverley Council - Professional Lifeguards
- Airdate: Bondi Rescue: Bali, Kenny's World
- "Not drowning, saving". The Age. 18 September 2008.
- Forbes, Mark (8 September 2008). "Much Kuta than here". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
- Bondi Rescue lifeguard Blake McKeown leaves for Mormon mission
- Geddes, Jon (7 November 2009). "Grand squad leaves golden legacy". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 July 2011. "Matthew Burke [...] spent two seasons as a lifeguard at Bondi Beach, appearing on the TV show Bondi Rescue"
- "Temika to the (Bondi) rescue". Wentworth Courier. 3 February 2010.
- Yamaha Sponsors Professional Ocean Lifeguards
- Yamaha WaveRunners On Bondi Rescue
- Yamaha Rhino recall doesn't extend to Australia
- Surf Life Saving Australia – Circular: Approved Lifesaving Gear & Equipment Update
- [www.surflifesaving.com.au/secure/downloadfile.asp?fileid=1003250 Surf Life Saving Australia – Circular: August 2008]
- Yamaha WaveRunners On Bondi Rescue
- New Kracka Designed Surf Rescue Board!
- Kracka Lifeguard boards
- Channel 10 puts Logie-winning Bondi Rescue into Bali
- Bondi Rescue heads to Bali
- "Bondi Rescue boys feel heat on the beach at Kuta, Bali". Daily Telegraph. 10 September 2008.
- Returning: Jamie Oliver. Bumped: Kenny. Gone: Bondi
- Bondi surf rescue show goes global