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When his Bondi Beach life­guard col­leagues dis­cov­ered his crip­pling pho­bia of sharks, trainee An­thony Glick 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 laughed.

“It seemed like ev­ery shift I worked in sum­mer, there was a shark sight­ing to check.’’

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. It was some­thing I’ll never for­get.”

An­other mem­o­rable event was be­ing sent to check a shark net off Bronte Beach after a swim­mer re­ported see­ing a shark stuck in it.

Glick was told to jump in the wa­ter to get a closer look. In hind­sight, he sus­pects some­one might’ve been hav­ing a laugh at this ex­pense.

“Check­ing the net was not fun at all. I had to jump in to see if there was any­thing in there and I kind of sh-- my­self. I didn’t cope at all. Thank God it was empty.”

But there are many se­ri­ous sides to the job — and Glick has con­fronted his fair share of chal­leng­ing res­cues.

Just weeks ago he was called to as­sist a pair of Chi­nese tourists in trou­ble near the no­to­ri­ous Back­packer’s Rip.

“I was half­way there and I could see they were go­ing un­der. I floored the jet­ski and got to them just in the nick of time.

“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. That’s an in­tense feel­ing.” Bondi Res­cue, Tues­day at 8pm on Net­work Ten

An­thony Glick from Bondi Res­cue.

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