SAND, SURF, SUN … AND A FEAR OF SHARKS
When Anthony Glick’s Bondi Beach lifeguard colleagues discovered his crippling phobia of sharks, the trainee found himself sent out to investigate every suspected sighting.
Since joining the crew at the end of last year, the 20-year-old has been up close and personal with the man-eaters at least half a dozen times.
“The boys love hyping me up a little bit,” Glick says. “It seemed like every shift I worked in summer, there was a shark sighting to check. I don’t know if someone was trying to scare me, but it’s known I’m not a big fan of sharks.”
The South African-born lifesaver, who features in Network Ten’s hit reality series Bondi Rescue, was out on a jetski in the middle of summer when he spotted one of the giants.
“We had to clear the bay and get everyone out of the water, call the chopper in … it was pretty scary seeing it so close to me. It was something I’ll never forget.”
But Glick has also confronted his fair share of challenging rescues.
Just several weeks ago he was called to assist a pair of Chinese tourists who were in trouble near the notorious Backpacker’s Rip.
“They weren’t in a good way and it’s scary to think about but I reckon they would’ve drowned if I hadn’t made it in time,” he says. “That’s an intense feeling.” Since appearing in a few Bondi Rescue episodes earlier this year, locals are recognising him more and more.
It’s a notoriety that took some getting used to.
“It was a bit strange at first, having people that I didn’t know come up to say hi,” he says. “But I like it. You get to meet so many interesting and different people.”
His workmates enjoy ribbing the tall, handsome youngster about the attention he gets from female visitors, too.
“Oh yeah, I guess there’s a bit of that,” he says.
BONDI RESCUE IS RETURNING TO CHANNEL 10 SOON