Lifeguards brave the heat to compete on IOP

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Despite today's high temperatures, dozens of lifeguards from all across the state came to Isle of Palms to brush up on their skills in a friendly competition.

Today was the 15th annual South Carolina Parks and Recreation Association Lifeguard Competition on Isle of Palms. All morning, 36 lifeguards from around the state tested their life saving skills, speed and quickness during the battle at the beach.

The lifeguards not only had to face off against one another, but also against the heat. They say it is important to protect yourself from the sun, no matter how funny it can make you look.

"The heat will wear on you as a lifeguard," says Dylan Jones, a participant in the competition. "Hats, always sunglasses, and sunscreen is a must. Where I work, I plaster my face with white zinc. I might look like a clown, but you have to."

And keeping hydrated is equally important.

"Today one of my teammates didn't eat or drink anything today," said Danielle Morrin. "He was unable to participate in the events because the heat is brutal today."

All types of lifeguards competed in today's event, including beach, pool and waterpark guards.

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