Judging from the performances in this competition, beachgoers on the South Shore are in good hands.
It was an evening of intense competition, camaraderie and excitement Thursday at the annual Fire Island Lifeguard Tournament in Ocean Beach.
The lifeguards of Ocean Beach, Islip Town and Saltaire battled head-to-head in a series of competitions that tested their strength, endurance, speed and teamwork. The events included distance running, swimming and a paddle relay.
Spectators cheered the lifeguards on from the sidelines, as they battled it out on the sandy field.
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