Jackson Doolan Bondi Rescue’s latest recruit
JACKSON Doolan has traded the quiet peaceful beaches of the Sunshine Coast for the hustle and bustle of Bondi.
The 23-year-old Mooloolaba resident is one of three new recruits on television show Bondi Rescue after his "stars aligned" and he was offered a full-time lifeguarding position.
Jackson beat out 27 other shortlisted candidates to earn himself a spot on the busiest beach in Australia which also landed him a spot on television screens across the nation.
"It has all been sort of a luck thing," he said.
"I applied for a job with Waverley Council, I wasn't necessarily even aiming to be on the show, but before I knew it I had a job at Bondi for the season.
"It was pretty surreal actually. There were a lot of applicants applying for the job and 30 people got shortlisted for the fitness tests but it was amazing that I got it, I couldn't believe it."
Jackson admitted while he was "stoked" to have been given the job he was also quietly anxious in the lead-up to his first day.
"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous. These guys are half TV stars and I'm just Joe Blow from the Sunshine Coast," he said.
Luckily everything worked out.
"They are the nicest down-to-earth guys and I slotted in quite well. I couldn't be happier."
As well as finding his feet alongside the other lifeguards, Jackson said he had also started to adapt to the change in beaches from Mooloolaba to Bondi, but still couldn't believe "the sheer amount of tourists" that visited the landmark every day.
"There's 50,000 people on the beach every day so you've always got to be on your toes," he said.
"The beaches are a lot more dangerous down here too. I've been doing a lot more rescues. For the first half of summer I was doing about 10 rescues a day."
When he wasn't rescuing swimmers Jackson was brushing shoulders with some well-known individuals down on the sand.
"Meeting the prime minister has been a highlight," he said.
"I shook his hand and it was quite an amazing day's work."
Jackson hopes to keep his spot on the Bondi crew for the next few summers while he finishes his degree in commerce and marketing.
Catch Jackson on Bondi Rescue every Tuesday at 7.30pm on Channel Ten.