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Each year lifeguards who
patrol the beaches throughout our region come together to compete in the USLA
Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships. The purpose of such an event is to
showcase the skills and knowledge it takes to be a lifeguard. The day is filled with action-packed events that canít be seen in
any other forum. So grab your
camera and head to the beach. The
venue is located directly in front of Rehoboth Beach Patrol Headquarters
on Baltimore Ave. and Rehoboth Ave. For all participants, please read the
text below as it will prove helpful in preparing for the competition.
Mid Atlantics (non craft)
Rehoboth, DE - July 10, 2013
Mid Atlantics (crafts) Long
Branch, NJ - July 17, 2013
Mid Atlantic Junior Guard -
Sea Girt, NJ - July 22, 2013
USLA Nationals - Manhattan
- August 7, 8, 9, 10, 2013
All Women's - Sandy Point
State Park, NJ - July 31th -
2 Mile Beach Run
400 Meter Surf Swim
Swimmer Rescue Race
Landline Rescue Race
Rescue Board Race
4 x 100 Soft Sand Run Relay
Participants must be in good
standing as defined by the by-laws of the United States Lifesaving
Association and must have a chapter affiliation. Proof of USLA membership must be submitted upon
registration. A $25 registration fee is required for this event.
- Competition beanies are optional
in every event.
- Heats: There will be no more
than 15 competitors per event. (Except Run-Swim-Run)
- The order of age groups will
always be Open, Women, Senior, Master, and Veteran. Masters and Veterans may be combined.
- Masters/Veterans events will be
run as finals in the morning and not be restricted to the 15 per event
USLA Members of all ages
USLA Females of all ages
USLA Females 30-39
USLA Members 30-39
USLA Members 40-49
USLA Members 50-59
USLA Members 60 and older
Awards for each event will be
distributed following the conclusion of that event, once results are
final. All awards must be picked up on the day of the event from the
grandstand. Gold, Silver, and
Bronze medals will be awarded in the Open Division.
The competition course is
located in the center of Rehoboth Beachís Boardwalk, between Baltimore
and Rehoboth Avenues. The
dimension of the beach changes weekly due to the effect of the pounding
surf. The beach has a 25-35
degree drop to the surf line. Bordering
the course on both sides are wood and steel groins. Both extended 20-30 yards into the ocean.
For a current view of the beach conditions visit our beach
competitors entered in Open, Women, Seniors, Masters and Veterans
divisions will race at the same time. The race is a 2 mile run on hard sand: 1 mile out and 1 mile back.
400 METER SURF SWIM
competitors will race the same 400 meter swim course. The Open Division will lead the swim, followed by the Women,
Seniors, then a combined Masters/Veterans Division. Competitors will start
from a line on the beach, run into the surf,
swim around all ten multi-colored flags, swim back to the beach, and run
up to the finish line. The competitors must maintain an upright position while
crossing the finish line. USLA
officials will hand out placement sticks in accordance with finishing
team will consist of a victim, who will be waiting at a buoy, 150 meters
from the shore, and a rescuer with fins and a rescue can. At the start of the race, the rescuer runs into the
surf line with
fins and a rescue can and swims out to the victim. At the buoy, the victim grabs the rescue can with both hands and is
towed ashore by the rescuer. All
competitors swim the same course.
event is an Open Division Only and each team consists of 4 competitors: a
victim at a buoy, a rescuer, and two landline pullers. At the start of the race, the rescuer who is attached to the
landline will swim out to the victim waiting at the buoy. Once the
victimís arm is raised, the landline pullers
shall commence pulling both victim and rescuer back to the beach. The victim must hold onto the rescuer at all times, but is
permitted to kick while coming to shore. All 4 members must then cross the finish line in contact with each
other in their designated lane.
race starts with a swimmer/victim, who swims through the surf line to an
assigned buoy. Once at the
buoy, the victim pulls the lane marker to the water to signal the paddler
to enter the water. The
rescuer must paddle a rescue board through the surf line to the victim.
Once at the buoy, the rescuer must circle the flag and pick up the
victim. The two competitors
must then tandem-paddle back to shore where they must finish as a team, in
contact with the board, in their assigned lane.
The race is Open Division Only.
competitors will race the same 200 meter run, 400 meter swim, 200 meter
run course. The Open Division
will be the first to start, followed by the Women, Senior, then combined
Masters/Veterans Division. Competitors
will run 200 meters around a beach flag and back, swim through the surf
line, around the two middle flags of the swim course, and back to
shore where they will complete the final 200 meter run leg to the finish
4 X 100 SOFT SAND RUN RELAY
This race is Open/Womenís Only. Two competitors line up at opposite sides of the 100 meter run
course. The first runner starts with a rubber baton and runs 100 meters and hands off to
runner. The second runner
runs the opposite direction to the third runner and hands off the baton.
The final runner completes the 4 x 100 meter relay when he/she
crosses the finish line in an upright position in his/her assigned lane.
This is an
individual event where the winner is determined by elimination, there
always being one less flag (a modified piece of rubber hose) than
competitors. All competitors
line up by lying face down in the sand with their feet at the starting
line. On the start command, the competitors rise, turn, and sprint
to flags that are 20 meter away. All
competitors race the same course. Competitors
may register for more than one division. Heats will be established based on the number of contestants who
register for the event.
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