Annual Competition Demonstrates Expertise, Tenacity
The Maryland Park Service hires more than 120 lifeguards each year to protect summer swimmers and waders at the state’s beaches, lakes and pools. They continually complete strenuous skills training to maintain peak physical condition to guarantee the best protection available for state park patrons.
The annual competition brings these lifeguards together from all across the state to compete in a variety of physical and skills-based challenges, including a beach flags competition, obstacle course, rescue relay and triathlon. State parks send their finest and fittest to compete for bragging rights and – of course – a trophy.
“For many lifeguards, this is the highlight of the summer,” Gunpowder Falls State Park Ranger Brooke Bartko said. “The competition is not only a fun way to cap off a season of hard work, it’s also a great reminder of just how prepared our lifeguards are to keep swimmers safe.”