VIDEO: ‘Best of the best’ lifeguards in B.C. battle it out

‘Victim’ Elias Baker groans in simulated pain as lifeguard Amanda Renardy tends to him at the Walnut Grove Pool, scene of the 20th annual Langley lifeguard competition. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Mitchell Leiding, a lifeguard from Abbotsford, was practicing his rope-throwing technique. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Oliver Nugent from Delta hauls a ‘drowning victim’ that he spotted lying on the pool bottom. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Amanda Renardy admitted that she hesitated for a fraction of a second when she first saw Elias Baker’s injured arm.

Courtesy of a volunteer movie makeup artist, Baker had a convincing peice of sharp material embedded in his upper left arm and it was bleeding quite realistically.

“I wasn’t sure where to touch him [at first],” Renardy related.

But then, training and experience kicked in, and Renardy efficiently tended to her patient, who groaned in pain as she wrapped the injury.

Renardy was one of 44 lifeguards on 11 teams competing at the 20th annual Langley Lifeguard Competition on Saturday (august 10) at the Walnut Grove pool, with competitors coming from as far as away as Vancouver island to test their life-saving skills in the longest-running competition of its kind in western Canada.

It was an outdoor test of their first-aid skills.

Organizer Chris Cordova described the competitors as some of the most accomplished lifeguards in the province.

“I would say that these are some of the best of the best,” Cordova observed.

READ MORE: Lifeguards test their skills in Langley pool

Inside the pool, Langley lifeguard Kelsey Hum was competing with other lifeguards in the deep end of the Walnut Grove pool under the diving platform, aiming to get as many simulated victims out of the pool and into an inflatable platform before a whistle sounded.

“It’s rescue as many people as you can,” Hum explained, who referred to Walnut Grove as her “home pool.”’

Overall winner this year was a team called “The Beaches” from a White Rock-based aquatics company.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: dan.ferguson@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Just Posted

Nail-biter win caps successful tournament for senior Mustangs

‘They were making junior mistakes — but that’s okay,’ says coach

Film club holds birthday bash for 75-year-old Hope Cinema

Hollywood starlet Judy Garland will grace the big screen in Hope on Dec. 19

Waterworks plan in final steps, says Hope District

Council approves borrowing of $1.8 million, upping water bills almost $50 a year

Petition for free menstrual products turned over to UFV president

Almost 1,300 signatures collected calling for all campus bathrooms to be stocked

New hiking trail to be built overlooking Hope

Waterfalls, rocky outcrops featured in new trail near Silver Creek

VIDEO: Success of wildlife corridors in Banff National Park has advocates wanting more

Demand for more highway protection escalated after seven elk were killed by a semi-trailer near Canmore

Pacioretty scores 2, Golden Knights top Canucks 6-3

Vegas goalie Fleury gets win No. 452

B.C. VIEWS: Hunger does not end with the season

Despite innovations in food distribution, the need is still there in B.C. communities

VIDEO: Giants edged out by Everett

Another case where Vancouver outshot an opponent, but couldn’t get past the other goalie

Fans sing Canadian anthem after sound system breaks at BMW IBSF World Cup

The Canadians in attendance made sure their team and flag were honoured on the podium

VIDEO: Fire destroys Big White Ski Resort chalet

Social media eulogies peg the property, nicknamed “The Pharamacy,” as both loved and hated

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

Surrey councillor wants the policing transition process to ‘immediately stop’

Brenda Locke to make motion at Dec. 16 meeting to reconsider current plan

UPDATE: Highway 1 reopens after vehicle incident near Boston Bar

Initial reports of a jack-knifed semi truck had closed both directions of the highway

Most Read