Bondi res­cuer loves his ink

Life’s a beach for Trent ‘ Maxi’ Maxwell, writes

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy - Jade Kennedy

Grow­ing up on Syd­ney’s Maroubra Beach, be­com­ing a life­guard was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for Bondi Res­cue’s Trent ‘ Maxi’ Maxwell.

‘‘ When I was 12 I did the surf life­sav­ing nip­pers and all that stuff,’’ he said.

‘‘ I got into surf­ing and started hang­ing around with the surfy crowd at 13 or 14, then started life­sav­ing prop­erly at 15.’’ Maxi, now 19, also got his first tat­too at 15. ‘‘ I got my first taste of ink in Bali when I was 15 – my par­ents were re­ally cool and con­sented to it,’’ he said. ‘‘ That was the South­ern Cross on my chest. ‘‘ I’ve also got ‘ Life’s a Beach’ across my lower back, it’s kinda girly I guess, hav­ing a tramp stamp, but I like it.

‘‘ I’ve had one foot ba­si­cally cov­ered in ink, it says ‘ live to surf’ and has waves and palm trees and stuff up to my an­kle.

‘‘ When I was in Florida re­cently I got the Ja­panese sym­bol for wa­ter in­side my right bi­cep, and at the end of the sea­son I’m go­ing to get the tatt on my pelvic bone fixed up – it’s an­other girlie tatt and an­other one from Bali, so the ink is kinda faded and it needs a touch-up.’’

Maxi went to the States last year, for a work­ing hol­i­day of sorts.

‘‘ All my life I’ve wanted to be a fire fighter,’’ Maxi said.

‘‘ I see life­guard­ing as a bit of a step­ping stone into that, and when I went to the States from May to Au­gust last year I went with the in­ten­tion of be­ing a life­guard.

‘‘ Their life­guards are ac­tu­ally with the fire depart­ment over there, so I hit them up and got to go out on the truck with them and ba­si­cally be­came their gen­eral dogs­body or, in brack­ets, ‘ lit­tle bitch’.

‘‘ We went out to a few heavy calls while I was work­ing with them, there were a cou­ple of car ac­ci­dents and that sort of thing, that was pretty hard­core.’’ Maxi said two things make for a good life­guard. ‘‘ Be­ing able to watch and read the wa­ter all the time, and al­ways be­ing con­fi­dent,’’ he said.

‘‘ As life­guards, we’re dif­fer­ent to life­savers, which peo­ple tend to get con­fused by.

‘‘ Life­savers are part-time vol­un­teers on the beach, whereas life­guards are em­ployed in a pro­fes­sional ca­pac­ity and work ev­ery day.

‘‘ We’re also trained to work with the am­bos and po­lice.’’

Maxi said his con­fi­dence on the job didn’t au­to­mat­i­cally trans­late off the job.

‘‘ I’ve al­ways kept a level head, I’m just a life­guard with a pas­sion for what I do,’’ he said.

‘‘ With the film crews ( for Bondi Res­cue) on the beach they’re just com­ing to see what we do ev­ery day, whether there’s a cam­era there or not.’’ And the girls? ‘‘ When I’m on the job I’m to­tally fo­cussed on what I’m there to do,’’ he said.

‘‘ Off the beach, yeah, there might be some ex­tra at­ten­tion from girls, be­cause we’re on TV or

what­ever, but I tend to just hang out with the guys and not re­ally pay any at­ten­tion to it.’’

Maxi said his most mem­o­rable res­cue can be seen on this week’s episode of

Bondi Res­cue.

‘‘ Around five or six weeks ago, I came across this guy on a jet­ski who was face­down and not mov­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘ When I looked at him, his eyes were open, he was blue, he was life­less.

‘‘ I dragged him up and started re­sus, and fi­nally af­ter about the fifth cy­cle of CPR, we had the de­fib on him and he just came back to us.

‘‘ Five days later he came down to say thanks.’’

Maxi said a high­light of the show was meet­ing his child­hood name­sake.

‘‘ When I was grow­ing up all the par­ents of the nip­pers used to call me The Hoff, so it was re­ally cool when David Has­sel­hoff came down to say hello.’’

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