For the fifth year in a row, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) wins first place at the annual Georgia Recreation and Park Association State Lifeguarding Competition, held at Lake Oconee in Greene County on July 18. GCPR lifeguards came from several different aquatics facilities throughout Gwinnett County, and were selected based on their outstanding lifeguarding, CPR/AED, first aid, teamwork and athletic skills. Guards practiced and honed their abilities throughout the summer with quizzing, skill practice sessions, conditioning and studying written materials.
The team consisted of seasoned veterans of lifeguarding who have participated in the state competition in prior years. Jordan Rubin is a college student, working summers as a pool manager at Rhodes Jordan Park Pool in Lawrenceville. Holly Smith is a pool manager at Dacula Park Pool. Daniel Lammons and Reagan Balog, both upcoming freshman in college, work summers at Collins Hill Park Aquatic Center alongside Brad Miller and Philip Jenny.
The competition consisted of several events evaluating teamwork, athletic ability and lifeguarding knowledge. The Gwinnett County team proudly earned 43 points with high finishes in the majority of the events. The team took first in the written exam, CPR, triathlon and rescue events, second in the swim relay and rescue paddle board event. The team was coached by Arthur Bedard from Mountain Park Aquatic Center. Christine Greenfield, Aquatics Coordinator said “Winning five years in a row is a tribute to our aquatics training program. We are extremely proud of the lifeguard team for their victory at state. Our lifeguard team takes great pride in their training and skill execution and they were excited to use it in a competition setting”.