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Navarre Beach lifeguards hold training sessions, competition (PHOTOS)

Staff Writer
Northwest Florida Daily News
Northwest Florida Daily News

NAVARRE — Do you swim for a living? How about saving lives?

Lifeguards do both.

And to do so they must practice, which is why they hold training sessions and races.

Navarre Beach Lifeguard Director Austin Trumbell says the lifeguards there maintain “a very high standard of fitness and training.

“We train for 45 to 60 minutes a day. We swim, run and paddle around 2,000 meters plus a day.”

Recently lifeguards competed in an incentive that, if they met the requirements, gave them a $1 per hour raise.

“Lifeguards must swim 1,000 meters in under 18 minutes, (complete) a 1.5-mile run in under 12 minutes, and then complete the ’Thousands Workout,’ which consists of a 1,000 meter swim, 1,000 meter paddle in under 30 minutes despite the conditions,” Trumbell said.

“We are also developing a race/training group to travel to other beaches both local and nationally to compete in lifeguard competitions, paddle races, open water swim races and triathlons.