For a few lifeguards, this is a first-time experience.
This year, head lifeguard Bruce “Hoppo” Hopkins celebrates his 25th year of service as a lifeguard, highlighting his passion for the job and commitment to keeping Bondi Beach safe.
They know that tourists, alcohol and surf are a dangerous mix.
With at least 10,000 overseas travellers due on the beach the Lifeguards expect to be flat out rescuing revellers who will have been drinking since mid-morning.
Saving swimmer lives is practically daily routine for them. After a recent white (' Jaws') shark sighting, the boys patrol- and dive among various shark species, including man-eaters.
They range from French tourist Jean's dislocated arm to epidemics of sun burns and OD's.
The couple have lived in the property since with their two young children Lucy and Gus, however the family have plans to move closer to Bondi beach – an understandable decision considering Dean's occupation.'It's an indication that there is still not a lot of stock on the market, and also I think the buyer that actually bought the home walked through and absolutely loved it,' Mark told Daily Mail Australia on Friday.'It was actually the wife who purchased the property – the husband hasn't even seen the property himself, he flies back in from overseas tomorrow but he saw the video and was quite happy to go on his wife's approval,' he admitted.'It's a good well-presented property – it's pretty special,' Mark said, adding that the buyer had paid more than what they wanted but planned to hold onto the property for a reasonable period of time, so are confident their investment would pay off in the long run.
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