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Lifeguards and surf safety

Our Chief Lifeguard has been keeping swimmers safe on our beaches since 1973. Learn more about Warren Young, his team, and how to stay safe on our beaches.

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Chief Lifeguard profile

Warren Young

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 City of Gold Coast as a professional lifeguard in 1973 and was stationed at Burleigh Heads. In 1975, he was promoted to Chief Lifeguard.

Now one of the City's longest serving employees, Warren is responsible for facilitating beach safety along a 52-kilometre coastal strip. He manages a budget of $9.5 million and employs 39 permanent staff and 140 seasonal staff - the largest professional lifeguard service in Australia.

Warren is a familiar face and voice on the Gold Coast, recognised for his daily radio and TV beach reports.

Life member

Warren Young is a Life Member of Miami Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. 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 is married with four children and believes his large family has given him more tolerance and broadened his character.

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