Bondi celebrity lifeguard enjoyed his North Devon visit to the max!

Posted on: 28 May 2019

Australian celebrity ‘Lifeguard Maxi’ enjoyed his tour of North Devon so much he’s already making plans for a return visit and your school could be part of his next trip.

The star of TV show Bondi Rescue Lifeguards, Trent Maxwell, spent three days last week visiting local schools, the RNLI and local surfers spreading his ‘Live, Learn, Survive’ safety messages. Southmead School, Woolacombe Primary, Instow Primary and St Helen’s in Abbotsham all received a visit from Maxi, who is now a fulltime firefighter and the author of a series of children’s books.

This was Maxi’s second visit to North Devon and he was impressed by its beauty and the friendly welcome he received. He said: “It’s clear that the coast and watersports are extremely important to both residents and visitors and I can see why so many people come to stay and play here.

“The schools I’ve visited have all been really proactive and the pupils very engaged with water safety. I was really impressed with the knowledge the pupils had and it’s clear that schools and parents are doing a great job in educating about the risks and how to avoid accidents. I really enjoy talking to school children around the world and hopefully they’ll take something away with them that will help in the future.”

During his visit Maxi also held talks at Barnstaple library, Pilton School and Saunton Sands Surf Lifesaving Club, and took a tour of North Devon beaches with the RNLI. Maxi said: “One of the highlights of my visit was an evening chatting and surfing with Saunton Sands Surf Lifesaving Club. Such a beautiful evening in the waves with an incredible bunch of dedicated volunteers. I also had the amazing opportunity to tour North Devon’s stunning coastline with the RNLI to find out about the different beaches, their issues and the mitigation measures put in place to make them as safe as they can be.

“I’d like to thank North Devon Council for helping to arrange my tour here. It’s clear that the coast is an incredibly important asset for the region and that the Council recognises this. With everyone working together the coastal environment can be protected for both residents and visitors alike. I’ll be sad to leave, but I’ll be back. Thank you North Devon”.

North Devon Council’s Watersports Officer, Chris Farris, said: “We were very pleased to welcome Maxi to North Devon to engage with schools across the region and also to show off our world class beaches and environment. I’d like to thank everyone he met for being so welcoming. Maxi has already said he’d love to come back next year, if you’d like to get involved please get in touch with me.”

If your school or club would like to be involved in Maxi’s North Devon tour next year, email chris.farris@northdevon.gov.uk. More information about Maxi’s ‘Live, Learn, Survive’ campaign can be found on his website www.lifeguardmaxi.com.au.

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