VIRGINIA BEACH -- The Nautica United State Lifesaving Association National Lifeguard Chamapionships will return to Virginia Beach with more than 1,200 lifeguards and junior lifeguards from across the country competing for individual and team honors on Aug. 6-9.
This is the second time the Virginia Beach Lifeguard Association will host the event; the first was in 2005.
Professional Lifeguards ranging in age from 17 to 75 and Junior Lifeguards from ages nine to 17 will compete in water and beach course events that challenge their lifesaving skills in myriad events from surf swims to beach runs; paddleboards to surf boats. A few of the highlights include the Landline Rescue Relay, Ironman and Ironwoman events, Beach Flags and the 4x100 relay, a shuttle-run-style competition that is called “the fastest event on sand.”
The men and women will compete over three days from Thursday, Aug. 7 to Saturday, Aug. 9. All competitions begin at 8 a.m. and run until the end of the day. The Junior Guards are participants in programs conducted by local lifeguard agencies affiliated with the USLA and represent the future lifeguards for cities and counties. The Junior Lifeguard competition will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 6 and will involve four divisions—AA Division for 16 and 17 year-olds, A Division for 14 and 15 year-olds, B Division for 12 and 13 year-olds and the C Division for 9 through 11 years of age.
Admission is free for the annual competition, which will take place between 27th and 30th Streets on the beach.