The Blokes of Bondi Rescue

Bondi Rescue a reality based TV show has turned regular Aussie blokes into superstars. The immense popularity of Bondi Rescue has seen the show go into its seventh season and receive multiple logies. I picked this program to do as one of my sources because not only is it a show that’s easy on the eyes but one that looks at something truly Australia, beach and surf culture.  This culture of sun, sea and surf is something which contemporary Australians have shaped and is something which is uniquely Australian. Lifeguards for centuries have been protecting the lives of each generation and have been the true unsung heroes of Australia.

This show presents a Australia which many of us are familiar with, the beaches, the lifeguards and the culture. The setting of the show is a very real place which is visited by over two and half million[1] people a year. It is a melting pot of all Australian identities which showcases Australia’s diversity in not only locals but of foreigners that visit the beach itself. This show presents to the world and other Australians the sheer seriousness of lifesaving and the Aussie Spirit that is seen every day on the show.

It repents Australia and Australia’s beach culture as a significant part of identity. Unlike other reality TV Shows on air now like “The Shire” or “Being Lara Bingle” this show is not scripted and therefore the show seems more real and perhaps it is why the show unlike the two mentioned above is now in its seventh season and is probably why it wasn’t axed after the first season. The individual lifeguards are actually real Australians that are not acting  and are people which are relatable. The lifeguards are True Blue Aussies that come from different parts of life, some larrikins others martinets but all coming together to protect something uniquely Australian, the beach ad its people. Talking about the lifeguard again the individuality of each person is a representation of diversity in Australia and saying that it represents Australia itself. The lifeguards who all have nicknames like Reidy, Kerrbox, Harries, Whippet, Egg, Hoppo or Deano represents the tendency for Australians to either shorten or give people new names[2]. This is something which I first experienced multiple times when I moved to Australia from New Zealand and is something which I have done to plenty of my friends and family members.

The lifeguards represent not only the aspect of Australian culture mentioned above but the mannerisms and the way of conduct that Australians live by each day. Watching just one episode of the show gives you insight into Australia beach culture but also the way that Australians conduct themselves. Although this is different for each person the lifeguards who really stand for Australia and Australian values portrays this conduct as helping others when they can’t help themselves, so showing kindness and sympathy. Also the ability for Australians to try your best and lend a helping hand to not only those you know but strangers. Also to never give up.

Bondi Rescue is a show which is true to life and it really portrays the modern Australia today and all the multiculturalism and diversity experienced daily.

It also shows the lighter side of life, I think a misconception of Australia is that we don’t take things seriously but Bondi Rescue portrays Australia as nation full of people that have humour and the ability to crack a joke but also how to take life seriously. Another misconception from a travel website says that a common stereotype is that Australians are self absorbed. Bondi Rescue shows that his is not true. I think that Bondi Rescue serves to dispel negative generalisations and stereotypes placed on Australia and by doing so it highlights some of the best qualities that Australians possess.

In the words of the ten network

“There is no doubt, ‘Bondi Rescue’ celebrates the unsung heroes of Australia’s best asset – the beach[3]


[1] “Ten.” Bondi Rescue. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Aug. 2012. <http://ten.com.au/bondi-rescue-about-bondi-beach.htm&gt;.

[3] “Top 10 Incorrect Australian Sterotypes.” Travel Wire Asia. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Aug. 2012. <http://www.travelwireasia.com/2011/08/top-10-incorrect-australian-stereotypes/&gt;.

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