Local lifesaver is making waves


Chris Emery is a new face on Bondi Rescue.
Chris Emery is a new face on Bondi Rescue.

Former Scarborough and Trigg beach inspector Chris Emery makes his debut on Bondi Rescue tonight when season 11 of the surf lifesaving factual series airs on Channel 10.

Emery, who graduated from Sorrento’s Sacred Heart College in 2008, said he recently moved to Sydney with his girlfriend and decided to apply for lifeguard work for the 2015-16 summer.

“Luckily, I got on board,” the 24-year-old said.

“The lifestyle of the job is impossible to beat.

“Who else gets to call the beach their office?”

He joined the Waverley lifeguards on a casual basis

“I love how busy it is always, the strange people we see on a daily basis, the consistent waves and the good people I work with,” he said.

Emery said he wanted the experience of working on Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama beaches to help him improve in big wave and busy conditions, something not often experienced in Perth.

“My heart starts racing when the surf is a solid size and we have large crowds,” he said.

On tonight’s episode, Emery is put straight to work.

“One busy day in mid-summer, we stayed at work after our usual sign off time of 7pm,” he said.

“About 7.30pm, Yatesy and I spotted a man in distress at Backpackers Rip.

“All the other boys were down North looking for a missing person so it was a bit of a rush to get down to Backpackers and grab the tourist.

“Once we had him safely on shore, it was a great feeling.”

Emery said he plans to travel after this season at Bondi but he hopes to return.

“It’s the best job in the world,” he said.