THREE local teams, including two competing for the first time, took part in the 2017 Pool Lifeguard Challenge but were unable to make the podium in a strongly contested field.
The Fremantle Leisure Centre team returned for another crack at the title, while Adventure World and the South Lake Leisure Centre sent teams for the first time as the field almost doubled from nine in 2016 to 17.
Events included a team relay and obstacle course, involving swimming, a manikin tow and CPR skills before a theory exam and acting out an emergency scenario.
Adventure World team supervisor Georgia Manning said they decided to sign up this year as it would be a good team building exercise.
“The team came to really test their skills and also have a bit of fun,” she said.
“We thought it would be great to see where we sit among the rest of WA as Adventure World is not really your normal aquatic facility.
“I think this event gives our team a good sense of self-esteem, team building and it makes them more aware that they’re part of the big picture of lifeguarding not just at Adventure World but in Perth and Western Australia.”
Riverton team 2 finished best of all the teams, closely followed by Mandurah team one and Geraldton Aquarena.