MATES PUT BITE ON GLICK
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.