Since 2006, Network Ten’s Bondi Rescue has followed the work of the lifeguards who patrol Bondi Beach on a daily basis. To celebrate the show’s 10th birthday, we chat with lifeguard Trent “Maxi” Maxwell.
How did you get your start in the industry?
I was 16 years old and lucky enough to be given a traineeship at Bondi Beach. I did that for three years, then I have been seasonal / full time ever since. I have been life guarding for nine years total.
Best part of what you do?
Working on the beach is pretty cool. But the best part would be meeting new people and facing the various challenges that come up on Bondi Beach. There’s never a dull moment!
And the worst part?
Most people don’t realise we do quite a few body retrievals from suicides around the beaches. It’s not something you ever get used to.
Any interesting experiences you can share?
I once had a seagull poo in my mouth while I was driving along the beach in the lifeguard truck.
Favourite album of all time and why?
I like my classic 80s rock, so can’t go past Guns ‘N Roses.
Best live performance that you’ve ever seen?
Bon Jovi was unreal.
Favourite bars/clubs/pubs to hang out in?
The Bucket List Bondi is a good place to have a beverage.
Take us through a typical day in the life of Maxi.
On my day off, I like to have breakfast in a café with a nice coffee, then a walk down the beach, a training session, then a bit of chill time at home out of the sun to catch up on “me” time. But when I’m working, it’s just go, go, go. We are really busy at work on those hot summer days.
Any news or final comments?
Do something today that your future self will thank you for!
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