Lifeguards from the Legacy Center indoor pool and Lehi City outdoor pool claimed first place in the state lifeguard competition on Saturday, July 29. This is the second consecutive year a team from Lehi has been awarded the championship title. The lifeguards competed in 14 events against 23 teams from across the state.
The lifeguards were tested in their water skills and first aid skills. Scenarios ranged from deep-end and shallow-end spinal victims, unconscious victims in the deep-end, first aid, and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). They also raced against other teams in water skills—treading water, swimming with a weighted manikin, and swimming with a brick across the length of a 25 yard pool.
To prepare for this competition, the lifeguards and their coaches put in 30+ hours of unpaid training time—training three times a week, two-hour sessions, for a month and a half. The state lifeguard games help the lifeguards hone their skills to prepare them for any scenario or situation that could arise while patrons are swimming at their respective facilities.
The lifeguards love their job and are proud of their skills. Guests who visit Lehi pools can be assured that they are safe under the watch of professional rescuers, even though these rescuers are very young.