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Aspiring lifeguards prove themselves on land and water

Posted at 7:17 PM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 04:37:08-04

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. — Training paid off for 11 aspiring lifeguards proving themselves on land and water.

Coach Graham Harris says, “The one rule is to have fun but we have to sort of get after it because there are one or two competitions each summer we have to participate in."

It’s all preparation for the U.S. Lifeguard Association Southeast Regional Competition.

Lake Worth Competitor Gabriella Gomes explains, “We all have a similar vibe so when we’re training together like paddling five miles doesn’t feel like paddling five miles because we’re all just laughing the entire time, it’s great.”

Last weekend the team from Lake Worth Beach placed first in paddle boarding and distance swimming at the Southeast Regional Competition.

When they’re not chasing finish lines, a lot of them keep their goal of lifeguarding in front of them.

Junior Lifeguard Competitor Makena Rubin agrees, “It feels like really great like I feel like a great person because of someone need help I’d be able to help them.”

The Junior Lifesaving Championships for the region take place in Lake Worth Beach on July 13.