SPI lifeguards take on national event

August 11, 2018

South Padre Island lifeguards are winning medals and having fun competing in a variety of events this week during a four-day event in Virginia.

SPI’s lifeguarding national team is competing in an intense and exciting United States Lifesaving Association Championship, which concludes today.

“About 800 lifeguards are competing from numerous places like California, the Gulf Coast, East Coast and Florida. There are also even lifeguards competing from Canada, Australia, and a group from China competing this year,” said Jim Pigg, captain of the South Padre Island Beach Association, who is at the competition, in a phone interview from Virginia Beach. “Everybody is excited about the competition, and they work really hard to get to come out and participate in this.”

Lifeguards who want to compete are required to train for the competition and complete a certain number of workouts in the morning, not including their on-duty work. They come in early before their shifts and are required to raise a certain amount of money to attend this yearly lifeguard competition.

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