Life of a Lifeguard: Warren Young on 47 years of browse, sun and saving lives

After 47-years on the job, conserving numerous lives, and also developing Gold Coast coastlines as several of the world’s most safe, Chief Lifeguard Warren Young is hanging up the binoculars.

At 71 years old, Warren Young is one of the City’s lengthiest serving employees and also a lot of acknowledged Gold Coast citizens, in charge of supervising the largest professional lifeguard service in Australia.

On the cusp of retirement, Warren reflects upon his renowned profession, attributing his successes to teamwork, a positive attitude, and having plenty of laughs along the way.

“Having a lot of duty is a terrifying point. You’ve got to be severe in the task– but you can’t take yourself too seriously,” says Warren.

There’s enough individuals checking out the clouds, but I’m checking out the blue sky.”

Warren Young, Chief Lifeguard

Exchanging the city for the sea

Born in 1950, Warren was increased in Brisbane as well as left senior high school in Grade 10 to pursue a profession in telecoms.

“I used to find down to the Gold Coast to surf with my friends. It was a friend who persuaded me to sign up with the Miami Surf Club as a volunteer in 1968. Standing up early and being able to swim, tossed in with a bit of discipline and competitors– I just required to it,” claims Warren.

One day, there was a task opening as a lifeguard at Burleigh Heads. I was operating in the heart of Brisbane and also I knew I didn’t want to remain operating in the city. When I obtained the job, people were amazed I was leaving a great protected task– however I actually liked the ocean, and the Gold Coast was an actually occurring place for a young person.”

In 1975, simply 2 years later on, Warren was promoted to the top work of Chief Lifeguard.

“I remember feeling great in my capability in the sea and I assumed– I can do this. I had determined I wanted to pursue this as a career.”