Oceanfront lifeguards prepare for national championship

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Lifeguards from all over the country will descend upon the Virginia Beach Oceanfront next week for a competition and special reunion.

More than 1,000 lifeguards will participate in events for big prizes and bragging rights at the 2014 Nautical USLA National Lifeguard Championships, August 6-9. The competition will take place along 24th Street and Atlantic Avenue.

10 On Your Side went down to the Oceanfront to see how our local guards are preparing. We talked to a lifeguard who’s been saving lives in Virginia Beach for almost 20 years.

“During the competition, you’ll see all kinds of events that incorporate ocean lifeguarding, but at a competitive level — runs on the beach, sprinting, you name it, if it involves the beach,” said David Dierstein with the Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service.

While you’re at the competition, you can pick up the Virginia Beach lifeguards 2015 calendar. The money raised will benefit the association’s campaign to educate people about ocean safety.

Another part of the festivities during the weekend-long event will be a special reunion, marking the 50th anniversary of the United States Lifesaving Association. Many former lifeguards will be on hand, and the public is invited.

The reunion will take place August 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Old Coast Guard Station Museum on Atlantic Avenue. Tickets are $12 per person in advance and $18 at the door — proceeds will benefit the museum.

The Old Coast Guard Station Museum is also featuring an exhibit celebrating 50 years of Lifeguarding by the USLA and some of the history of lifeguarding in our region and beyond. The exhibit will be on display through August 31.

For more information on the 2014 Lifeguard Reunion, call 757-422-1587 or go online to www.oldcoastguardstation.com. For updates on the 2014 Nautical USLA National Lifeguard Championships go to www.usla.org.


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