From Bondi to Barnstaple – North Devon welcomes Australian celebrity lifeguard ‘Maxi’ to its shores

Posted on: 9 May 2019

North Devon school children will be in for a treat next week, as they learn lifesaving skills from Australian TV star, Lifeguard Maxi.

Trent Maxwell, better known as Lifeguard Maxi from hit TV series Bondi Rescue, will be touring the UK throughout May and stopping off in North Devon to share his experiences and lifesaving knowledge in a number of local events.

Maxi has starred in 12 seasons of the hit TV series Bondi Rescue, which airs in over 100 countries. Having also trained as a fire officer, Maxi recently launched a fire and water safety education program called ‘Live Learn Survive’. His latest venture is the publication of ‘Maxi the Lifeguard’, a series of books full of lifesaving tips to keep children safe around water.

During his stay in North Devon he will be inspiring local schoolchildren at Southmead in Braunton, Woolacombe Primary and Instow Primary and others. He will also be visiting the local RNLI and members of Saunton Sands Lifesaving Club. There will be two public opportunities to meet Maxi and hear about his experiences and adventures as a lifeguard. Signed copies of his books will also be on sale at the talks, which take place at:

  • Barnstaple library on Tuesday 14 May from 4.15-5.15pm
  • Pilton Community College on Wednesday 15 May from 5-6pm

Lifeguard Maxi says: “I can’t wait to return to the UK, this is my third trip over and I’m inspired by the increasing beach culture and work being done around water safety in the UK, so can’t wait to get back. Everyone’s so friendly and there’s a great sense of community with the locals. This will be my first visit to North Devon and I’m really excited to see the area and meet everyone!”

North Devon Council’s Watersports Development Officer, Chris Farris, has helped coordinate the North Devon leg of Maxi’s tour of the UK. Chris says: “We’re really pleased to be able to help Maxi with his tour of North Devon. It will be a unique experience for local schoolchildren and something that I’m sure will stay with them for years to come. Water safety is so important to us all here in North Devon as we’re surrounded by water, learning vital skills saves lives. Maxi’s visit is also a great opportunity to show off our beautiful and unique district and we’re sure he will be sharing images and videos of his visit on social media to his thousands of fans across the world – it’s great publicity for the area!”

There is no need to book for the Pilton Community College event, turn up on the day if you would like to attend. For more information about the talk at Barnstaple library, contact the library or see their Facebook page for more details.

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