Tuesday February 24 8.00pm
Relaxing alone on the sand may seem a largely introverted experience, but beach goers at Bondi spend a lot of time checking out what everyone else is up to.
The boys look at the girls, the girls look to see if they’re being watched, the parents watch the kids, the ‘trendies’ watch themselves, the surfers watch the waves, and the police watch the trouble makers. “Lifeguards”, as Yatesy says, “well, we watch everyone, including of course bag thieves”.
This episode, thieves are at large on the beach and anything unattended is at risk. With conditions in the water mild, lifeguards take the opportunity to scope out perpetrators.
The first is spotted rifling through bags behind the bather’s pavilion. These bags have been delivered by his partner in crime, who continues collecting bags on the sand. Lifeguards move in and hold the pair until the police arrive.
Though it seems there may be one more still on the prowl – and on the intensely crowded sands of Bondi, locating a thief, is like finding a needle in a haystack.
Dean Gladstone Aka “Deano”
Nine years ago, 31-year-old deano decided he’d be better suited as a lifeguard than a plumber. He’s now a team leader and one of the most highly regarded ‘watermen’ on the team at Bondi.
Deano won audience hearts by proposing to his girlfriend Lily amongst the waves at Bondi, and his thoughtful nature and diplomacy, has made him a hit among the team.
In 2009, he hopes to take out the lifeguard challenge beating old rivals Greg Bishop and Scotty Thompson.