On July 15, eight Morris Memorial Pool lifeguards woke up before dawn to travel to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels in order to compete against other lifeguarding teams in the region at the CTAA Lifeguarding Competition.
Our guards competed against teams from Round Rock, Cedar Park, Schlitterbahn and more in scenarios where lifeguards were judged on their ability to identify situations that required action, communication with team members and skills at handling diverse first-aid emergencies and in-water rescues.
“Competing in the lifeguard competition is a great way for our guards to experience different sides of this large aquatics industry," said Michael Gonzalez, Elgin Parks & Recreation director. "The experience they get from competition is brought back to our home facility, making our customer experience a better one.”
These guards have dedicated extra time every week to training and conditioning for the competition, on top of the standard training every guard is expected to complete. They were selected for their teamwork and great communication skills displayed over the summer as well as their drive to be the best.
Tiffany Finley, an active member in our community and frequent visitor to Morris Pool captures all of our pride in our lifeguards saying, “I am so excited our young lifeguards are participating in competition! Many of us have gotten to know these young people through water aerobics or other pool activities and it is fun to be able to support them in the competition. It turns 'just a summer job' into a great life experience. The motivation they have to practice old skills and learn new ones is great!”
This is our first year bringing a team of lifeguards to a competition, and we couldn’t be more proud. Our Morris Memorial Pool lifeguards were a great representation of the city, bringing a competing team of four lifeguards, three volunteers to assist with scenarios and an LGI judge.
“It was amazing to see how each team supported one another despite just meeting,” said Lana Lozano, a supervisor at Morris Memorial Pool and member of our competition team. “It was an amazing experience that I would definitely participate in again.”
So, next time you’re at the pool, let the guards know how proud of them you are!