Lifeguards retain title

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Lifeguards in Skegness have proved they are among the best in the country after retaining their title in a national competition.

East Lindsey District Council’s Embassy Swimming Pool team took the top spot in triathlon between 650 UK lifeguards.

Portfolio holder for culture, leisure and tourism, Coun Adam Grist, said: “These lifeguards deserve a huge well done. Not only have they been undertaking normal duties for the past month, they have also been pitted against the best in their field in some intense competition - and came out on top. It just goes to show, here in East Lindsey, we have some of the best lifeguards in the country.”

The month-long competition had been organised by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity and IQL, the subsidiary of the Royal Life Saving Society.

It is based on the key principals of the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and tests competitors’ CPR, rescue swim and theory skills to provide managers with an indication of their staff’s abilities compared with others across the UK.

The Embassy team came out on top with 96.5 points and the pool’s Leah Jarvis, 21, also secured third place in the female leader board, just half a point behind the winner.

IQL UK pool programme manager, Alex Blackwell, said: “This event highlights, motivates and supports sites to maintain the high standard and levels of training required to keep their lifeguards at the top of their game.”