Aug 03, 2014
Hawai'i State Lifeguard Conference and Junior Lifeguard State Championship
The Hawai'i State Lifeguard Conference and Junior Lifeguard State Championship took place from July 30 to August 2, 2014 on the island of Kaua'i. The theme for day one was the economic benefit of beach safety and how it affects the tourism industry. Various guest speakers from across the country lectured on the topic. The keynote speech was given by LA County lifeguard legend, Chief Bob Burnside, inventor of the 'Burnside Rescue Buoy' who also founded the ULSA organization in 1964.
On day two, 150 junior lifeguards from Kaua'i, Maui and the Big Island came together to compete in the 2014 State Junior Lifeguard Championship. The island youth competed in six events throughout the day, including: a 1,000-meter beach run; beach flags, run-swim-run, paddleboard relay, 200-meter swim; and a new event called the 'Iron Guard' a swim, run-paddle. Defending champions Kaua'i, claimed their 11th straight title winning first place, Big Island came in second and Maui Island third. It was a great weekend and we were pleased to be involved.