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Junior guards heat up Rehoboth Beach

Aug 08, 2014
Photo by: Dan Cook Rehoboth Beach Patrol junior guard Joe Giles, 9, sprints to victory in the 10-year-old distance run, chased by teammate Michael Frederick.

Young and future lifeguards from Delaware and Maryland took part in the Junior Lifeguard Olympics at Rehoboth Beach Aug. 4, competing in events that will someday help them become senior beach patrol members. The skills learned will help them make the beach and water safe for visitors of all ages. Participants competed in running, swimming and paddleboard events.

 

Rehoboth Beach Patrol Lt. Matt Matsko, left, cheers on junior guard Linley Hill to the finish of the sprint swim event. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Dewey Beach Patrol junior guard Melanie Fritchman runs from the surf in the sprint swim competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Runners hit the sand at the start of the distance run competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The 13-15-year-old junior guards start on the distance run. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Fenwick Island junior guard Jack Spaulding crushes the competition in the 13-15-year-old distance run. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sea Colony Beach Patrol junior guard Abby Williams pulls into the breaking surf during the paddleboard relay. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sea Colony Beach Patrol junior guard Abby Williams leaves the surf during the paddleboard relay. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sea Colony junior guard Tessa Elling pulls through the surf in the paddleboard relay. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
A Rehoboth Beach Patrol member assists a junior guard in the rough surf. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Junior guards circle the buoy during the sprint swim competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The competition was tough at the start of the distance run. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Down the hill and into the surf go the junior guards during the sprint swim competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Parents and relatives crowd the beach to take a snapshot of the RBP junior guards. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Either a very tall junior guard or a weird camera angle illusion. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
U.S. Lifesaving Association official Eric Seifert oversees the competition. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Braylen Podrasky, 4, hopes to someday be like his big brother in the junior guards. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The ocean brought some rough breakers during the competition for the paddleboarders. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Dewey Beach Patrol junior guard Luke Pickard awaits the paddleboard relay. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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The colorful outfits of the RBP junior guards stand out on the beach. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
DBP junior guard Emma Keil gets assistance from a RBP senior guard during the paddle board relay.
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