TV lifeguard visits the region
NETWORK Ten's Bondi Rescue lifeguard Matt Dee is visiting the Whitsunday's to catch up with his best mate and see what makes the Whitsundays so famous.
Dee has visited before and said he loved coming here and being out on the water.
“It's a magical place,” he said.
“Seeing mates and just coming here to the most beautiful place on Earth and most importantly to just have good times is the main thing.”
His best mate is Eric O'Beirne who works on Anaconda III and has lived in the Whitsundays on and off for the past four years.
“I grew up with Matt in Sydney,” Eric said this week.
“It's a great promotion for him and for the region to be up here.”
But there is one thing missing from the Whitsundays that is stopping Matt from calling the area home.
“The only problem is that there's no surf,” he said.
“If the place had waves I would move here for sure.”
Learning to surf at a very young age, Matt grew up on the water.
“Knowledge of waves has been a natural progression for me,” he said.
“The water up here is so different because of the variation in tides.”
He said this was another reason why people needed to be careful when out on the water.
“It's an amazing, tropical paradise with a lot of dangers such as moving waters, stingers and sharks, plus alcohol and water don't mix,” he said.
Now a life guard at Bondi Beach in New South Wales, Matt Dee stars in the cast for Network Ten's reality program Bondi Rescue. “The best part of my job is definitely when we have successful resuscitations,” he said.
“When someone is pronounced clinically dead and we give them life back, you can't beat it.
“I also like getting to play in the waves all day.”
Matt arrived in Airlie Beach last Friday and leaves tomorrow from Hamilton Island.
He will be flying from Airlie to Hamilton Island on a sea plane.