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2021 Pool Lifeguard Challenge Gets Funky

26 March 2021

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Sam S, India, Brie and Reilly finished in 2nd place (left) Julian, Taylor, Hayley and Josh finished in 4th place (right)

For over a decade, Royal Life Saving WA and Leisure Institute of WA Aquatics have hosted the Pool Lifeguard Challenge. An annual competition that tests the skills of lifeguards through a series of challenges. Held in late February at the Riverton Leisureplex, 14 teams from aquatic centres across WA competed for top honours. Eight lifeguards from Beatty Park Leisure Centre competed as two teams of four, taking part in five events all decked out in their Funky Trunks and Funkitas. The events consisted of:

    • Event 1: 50 metre swim and manikin tow relay
    • Event 2: Line throw challenge
    • Event 3: 25 metre rescue and contact tow + CPR
    • Event 4: Diving and retrieval challenge
    • Event 5: Emergency and first aid scenarios


Not only is the full day challenge physically demanding, the mental pressure associated with the emergency scenarios is a lot to take on. The teams earned $750 in prize money which has been used toward training equipment for the Beatty Park lifeguards, including a baby CPR training manikin that the lifeguards, Swim School and creche will use for future training.

Congratulations to all who competed and we look forward to seeing more Funky lifeguards next year!

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