Bondi Rescue

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Bondi Rescue
Bondi Rescue logo.png
Created byBen Davies
StarringWaverley Council Lifeguards
Narrated byOsher Günsberg
Opening theme"In the Summertime" by Thirsty Merc
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons13
No. of episodes160 (as of 24 April 2018)
Executive producer(s)Michael Cordell
Nick Murray
Producer(s)Martin Baker
Nia Pericles
Mark Hooper
Nick Robinson
Rachale Davies
Liam Taylor
Madeleine Hetherton
Romy Page
Warwick Burton
Production location(s)Bondi Beach, New South Wales
CinematographyGary Russell
Phillip Bull
Helen Patronis
Running time30 minutes (Including commercials)
Production company(s)Cordell Jigsaw Productions[1]
Original networkNetwork Ten
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release15 February 2006 –
Related showsBondi Vet
External links
Production website

Bondi Rescue is an Australian factual television programme which is broadcast on Network Ten. The programme, which has aired since 2006, follows the daily lives and routines of the Waverley Council professional lifeguards who patrol Bondi Beach.[2]

Bondi Rescue was first broadcast in 2006. A spin-off, set in Bali, Indonesia, also briefly screened in 2008.[3][4] Bondi Rescue is also broadcast internationally throughout 100 countries.

The show was created and produced by part-time lifeguard Ben Davies.[5] It is narrated by Osher Günsberg.

Bondi rescue lifeguard - Paris hilton bondi beach 31 december 2008 (7).jpg


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 actors/comedians David Hasselhoff and Kelly Slater (stars of the US lifeguards fiction show Baywatch), Hugh Grant, Zac Efron, Rowan Atkinson, Paris Hilton, Russell Crowe, entrepreneur Richard Branson, musician Snoop Dogg, Steve Irwin and daughter Bindi and the Indian Cricket Team. Bondi veterinarian Chris Brown repeatedly appeared on Bondi beach, meeting lifeguards, in his own show Bondi Vet.

Bondi also has its Annual Lifeguard Ironman Challenge, which tests the skills of each lifeguard with a one-kilometre run from Bondi to local beach Tamarama, then a one-kilometre swim to nearby Bronte Beach, followed by a two-kilometre 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-metre runs and on the sand and also a 600-metre board paddle then a set of demanding rescues 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.

Many 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.

The production company pays Waverley Council $139,000 per year and a percentage of profits to film the program, and the Council also holds "review rights" to ensure content is acceptable to their practices.[6]

The lifeguards[edit]

Current lifeguards at Bondi beach

  • Aaron "Azza"/"Azza B" Buchan - Featured
  • Aaron "Azza"/"Azza G" Graham
  • Adriel "Bacon" Young-Featured
  • Andrew "Reidy" Reid - Featured
  • Anthony "Harries" Carroll - Featured
  • Anthony "Glick" Glick - Featured
  • Ben "Benny" Davies
  • Ben "Quiggers" Quigley - Featured
  • Bobby "Yak" Yaldwyn (also paramedic)
  • Bruce "Hoppo" Hopkins (Head-Lifeguard) - Featured
  • Chris "Chappo/Chips" Chapman - Featured
  • Chris Emery
  • Corey Oliver - Featured
  • Clint Kimmins
  • Danny McKell
  • Daniel "Beardy" McLaughlin - Featured
  • Dean "Deano" Gladstone - Featured
  • Greg "Bisho" Bishop (also firefighter) - Featured
  • Harrison "Lionel Hutz" Reid - Featured
  • Jake Nolan
  • Jackson Doolan - Featured
  • Jesse "Kid" Polock - Featured
  • Jethro "Jeff" James - Featured
  • Joel Bevilacqua - Featured
  • Juliana “Jules” Bahr-Thomson
  • Josh Burke "burkey"
  • Kailan "KC" Collins - Featured
  • Kris "Yatesy" Yates - Featured
  • Liam "Itchy" Taylor
  • Luke "Louie" Daniels
  • Mario Marfella
  • Matt "Matty" Dee
  • Max "Maxy" Ayshford - Featured
  • Michael "Mouse"/"Black Cloud"/"Mick" Jenkinson - Featured
  • Nicola Atherton - Featured
  • Quinn "Quinno" Darragh (part-time- also paramedic)
  • Rod "Kerrbox"/"Box" Kerr (former surf champion) - Featured
  • Ryan "Whippet" Clark (former child soap actor) - Featured
  • Ryan Yerbury - Featured
  • Sam Fleeting
  • Terry "Tezz" McDermott
  • Tom "Egg/Tommy" Bunting (also chiropractor)
  • Tommy Frazer - Featured
  • Trent "Singlets" Falson - Featured
  • Trent "Maxi" Maxwell (part-time- also firefighter) - Featured
  • Troy "Gonzo" Quinlan
  • Wally Eggleton - Featured
  • Cooper "Coops" Wilson - Featured


  • Adrian "Taco" Kovacic
  • Andrew "Pine" O'Sullivan
  • Beau Day
  • Ben Sutherland
  • Blake McKeown
  • Brad "Mal" Malyon
  • Brooke Cassell
  • Chris "Thaney" Thane
  • Corey Adams
  • Derek Recio
  • Des "The Chairman" Burke
  • Dunstan "Dunno" Foss
  • Harry "H"/"H-man" Nightingale (team nestor) (Retired in 2015)
  • John "Johnny" Robson
  • Kobi Graham
  • Kyle Pao (Exchange Lifeguard from Hawaii)
  • Matthew "Burkey" Burke
  • Nathan "Anny" Anson
  • Sean Carroll
  • Scotty Thomson
  • Temika Wright (Exchange Trainee)
  • Ben Davies / Benny Davies (producer/surfer)
  • Cooper "Coops" Braxton (Former Lifeguard)


Bondi Rescue: Bali[edit]

A nine-part spin-off series, entitled Bondi Rescue: Bali and set in Bali, Indonesia, premiered on Ten on 10 September 2008.[15][16] The spin-off followed two months delegations of the Bondi lifeguards (including Dean 'Deano' Gladstone, Andrew 'Reidy' Reid, Ryan 'Whippet' Clark, Chris 'Chappo/Chips' Chapman, Tom 'Egg' Bunting, Matt 'Matty' Dee, Aaron 'Azza' and Kobi Graham and mission chief Terry 'Tezz' McDermott) as they were assigned to a two-month stint at Kuta Kuta Beach, dealing with the more humid climate, a much larger beach, an exceptionally strong surf and the absence of the rescue equipment they had back home (even in ambulances), making it the world's most deadly guarded beach: twelve fatalities in an average year.[3][17] They join the hundred strong local life guards, supervised by popular singer Marcello Arayafaya, in an official international exchange program.

The spin-off failed to score ratings, and was cancelled after four episodes.[18] However the whole series was aired and repeated overseas, notably in Flanders.


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.[16] Its success also led to similar series such as the Seven Network's Surf Patrol and Nine's Deadly Surf being commissioned.[19]

Logie Awards[edit]

Year Nominee Award Result
2008 Bondi Rescue Most Popular Factual Program Won
Bondi Rescue Most Outstanding Factual Program Nominated
2009 Bondi Rescue Most Popular Factual Program Won
2010 Bondi Rescue Most Popular Factual Program Won
Bondi Rescue Most Outstanding Factual Program Nominated
2011 Bondi Rescue Most Popular Factual Program Won
Bondi Rescue Most Outstanding Factual Program Nominated
2012 Bondi Rescue Most Popular Factual Program Won
2013 Bondi Rescue Most Popular Factual Program Won
2014 Bondi Rescue Most Popular Reality Program Nominated

Mobile Game[edit]

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.


Season Originally Aired Episode DVD
First Aired Last Aired Release date Discs Special Features
1 6 February 2006 27 March 2006 8 13 February 2008 2 Slipcase Packaging
2 5 February 2007 9 April 2007 10 13 February 2008 2 Slipcase Packaging
3 5 February 2008 6 May 2008 14 17 September 2008 2 Slipcase Packaging
4 8 February 2009 3 May 2009 13 5 August 2009 2 Hoppo rescue
5 7 February 2010 2 May 2010 13 3 August 2011 2 Slipcase Packaging
6 6 February 2011 24 April 2011 14 1 December 2011 2 Stand by (unaired episode)
7 6 February 2012 7 May 2012 13 7 May 2012 2
8 10 February 2013 2 June 2013 13 21 May 2014 2
9 3 March 2014 11 May 2014 13
10 17 March 2015 30 Aug 2015 13
11 15 March 2016 10 July 2016 13
12 29 January 2017 30 April 2017 13
13 13 March 2018 2018 10

See also[edit]

  • 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


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