Chief Lifeguard Profile
Name: Warren Young
Position: Chief Lifeguard
Interests: Ocean surfing, football, family activities and poetry
Highlights: In 1999 Warren was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honour list for services to beach safety on the Gold Coast
Warren Young was employed by Gold Coast City Council as a professional lifeguard in 1973 and was stationed at Burleigh Heads. In 1975 he was promoted to Chief Lifeguard and has held the position for 36 years.
After 38 years at Council, he is one of the longest serving employees.
Warren Young is responsible for facilitating beach safety along a 60 kilometre coastal strip from Couran Cove to Rainbow Bay. He manages a budget of $9.2 million and employs 37 permanent staff and 140 seasonal staff - the largest professional lifeguard service in Australia.
He is responsible for media duties including Channel Nine's beach reports on Friday nights.
Warren Young is a Life Member of Miami Beach Surf Lifesaving Club (SLSC). Joining in 1968, he was a club captain for three years. He is also a life member of the Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association.
Warren still actively participates in beach patrols and is qualified in all aspects of professional lifeguard skills including rescue boards and tubes, jet skis and helicopter rescue crew.
He has advanced certificates in resuscitation, first aid, defibrillator technique, restricted coxswains, swiftwater rescue and is still required to undertake the tough bi-annual fitness test compulsory to all professional lifeguard staff.
The early years
Warren Young was born in 1950 and left high school in Grade 10 to pursue a career in telecommunications. His love of surfing and club lifesaving led him to his dream job as professional lifeguard.
He has been married for 36 years and has four children aged between 24 and 32 years. He believes his large family has given him more tolerance and broadened his character.