The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso will host the 10th annual Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics this weekend at Wet n’ Wild Waterworld.
The competition, set for at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 1, 2021, is named after Christian Castle who lost his life through a drowning at five years old in 2009 and is the son of Laura and Eddie Castle who together started the Drowning Prevention Coalition in 2010.
Organizers share that this competitive, annual event provides lifeguards from organizations throughout the city an opportunity to practice lifesaving skills while highlighting the training and duties that lifeguards experience on a daily basis in their day-to-day jobs.
Each team will have four members with one being a female in five separate skill challenges which include A Mass Casualty Exercise, Shallow Water Back Boarding, Backboard Treading, a 2 minute Drill Rescue and a Tow Relay.
Awards will be given for First through Third Place in each individual skill challenge and an overall champion will be announced.
The Drowning Prevention Coalition is an organization of over 31 agencies among them The El Paso Fire Department and El Paso Water, in the El Paso region dedicated to spreading the message of “Respect the Water” teaching water safety and teaching both children and adults the importance of Learning to Swim.
The event is sponsored by Sundt Construction and Wet n’ Wild Waterworld as 19 teams will be competing from Fort Bliss, Wet n’ Wild Waterworld, YWCA El Paso Del Norte, Ascarate Pool from County of El Paso, Socorro Aquatic Center, City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and Lost Kingdom Water Park.
For more information visit www.dpcelpaso.org or call (915) 373-6708.