Bondi Rescue’s Anthony ‘Harries’ Carroll Shares His Top Sun-Smart Tips For Kids

Bondi Resue star shares sun tips
James Graham


Oct 25, 2021

When Bondi Rescue star Anthony ‘Harries’ Carroll isn’t busy saving the hoards of locals and tourists at Sydney’s Bondi Beach he loves spending time with his adorable sons, sons Billy and Leo.

But when they’re out and about in the harsh Aussie sun together, ‘Harries’ also knows he can’t drop his guard for a second.

Here, he shares his top 3 tips for ensuring his boys are always happy and protected.

1. Make sunscreen a daily habit

I apply sunscreen to my kids every morning. I talk to my three-year-old about the importance of not getting burnt and how sunscreen is protective. He likes to rub it in himself and knows that we can’t play outside until his sunscreen is on. Leo wears sunscreen without any problem. We have had no reaction whatsoever. Teaching them about sunscreen and helping them to rub it in together and learning to be sun smart are an excellent way to avoid fussy kids moments. Being in the sun all day is part of my job as a Bondi Lifeguard, and it has made me very conscious about being sun safe. I am always on the lookout for the newest and best sunscreen available.

2. But let them feel like they’re calling the shots

I take them shopping to choose their own hat that they want to wear – sometimes half the battle is that they just want to pick it themselves. In summer we wear hats everywhere. At the beach, we set up an umbrella so the kids can be in the shade, but still be able to make sandcastles.

3. Vitamin D deficiencies can happen to anyone

A year ago I was diagnosed with having very low vitamin D. It came as a real shock because naturally, I thought the one vitamin I would not be lacking is the “sunshine” vitamin, vitamin D; no-one spends more time in the sun than me!  I started using Solar D because I need to remain 100% sun safe but needed to improve my vitamin D.  My last visit to the doctor proved I was back at a healthy level, and I have not been sunburned once.

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By James Graham


With over 20 years as a journalist and TV producer, James Graham has a wealth of experience covering the full media spectrum. James has a formidable reputation as a talented media veteran and worked as a reporter, script writer and as the producer of the TV documentary The Road To Athens. He has worked across newspapers, radio and the biggest flagship magazine brands in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, James was the News Director at Woman's Day and New Idea. Whether filing celebrity exclusives, or some of the biggest real-life splashes of recent years, James’ career has always been at the frontline of mainstream media. When not writing, you’ll find him at Royal Randwick, his beloved Long Reef Golf Club on the Northern Beaches – or visiting his mum in his native New Zealand.


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