The 2019 USLA Lifeguard Competition Hosts More Than 1000 Lifeguards
For four years, Virginia Beach has hosted the annual United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) National Lifeguard Championships. This year, more than 1000 lifeguards participated in the competition.
The championships welcome lifeguards of all levels, from juniors to seasoned lifeguards, ranging in age from 9 to 80. The junior lifeguards include ages 9 to 15, and their lifesaving skills are tested in beach and pool settings. As for the rest of the lifeguards, main events were the Landline Rescue Relay, Ironman and Ironwoman events, and the beach flags event.
The championships aim to empower lifeguards to develop and hone their skills, while also fostering a sense of camaraderie around the art of saving lives. “It’s so much more than the competition. It’s public education, it’s setting standards for Lifeguard agencies around the country,” said coordinator Tom Gill, when asked about the championships.
The competition was held from August 7 – August 10. For more information about the event, visit the USLA site.
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