See Photos: Lifeguard Competition Takes Place at Hampton Beach in New Hampshire
Lifeguards from throughout the Seacoast region competed in the 2021 New England Lifesaving Championship on Wednesday.
During the annual day-long event at Hampton Beach, lifeguards competed in running, swimming, paddling and water rescues. They cheered each other on and the competition was a friendly one.
There were close to 40 lifeguards in the competition and they came from New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.
Lifeguards used their rescue surfboards for the competition, which simulates real-life situations that they can encounter on the job.
One of the competitive events required them to run a mile on the beach before diving in the water for a simulated rescue.
They pushed themselves during the beach flag event, where they grabbed sticks stuck in the sand.
Since the competition was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a good time for the lifeguards to catch up and share some laughs.
The lifeguards ranged in age. Some of the competitors were in their teens, while others have years of experience on the beach.
The New Hampshire State Beach Patrol is the formal term for the Hampton lifeguards. They provide rescue and beach safety services in Hampton during the summer months.
Officials at New Hampshire State Parks congratulated the Hampton Beach lifeguards for winning the competition on social media Thursday.
For more information about the Hampton Beach lifeguards, click here.
Contact Managing News Editor Kimberley Haas at Kimberley.Haas@townsquaremedia.com.
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