SAND, SURF, SUN … AND A FEAR OF SHARKS

Herald Sun - Switched On - - COVER STORY - SHAN­NON MOL­LOY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

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

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