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The 2018 USLA National Lifeguard and Junior Lifeguard Championships will be held in Virginia Beach, VA from August 8 - 11, 2018. Details can be found at www.uslanationals.org. Brush up on your competition rules, train hard and check back often on our website for regularly updated information! Online registration is now open. (Advance registration is strongly recommended.)

  • Who may participate:
    This competition is open to current Professional, Alumnus, Life, and Junior USLA Members. Approved international competitors who are current members of a national lifesaving organization that is a Full Member of the International Life Saving Federation are also eligible to compete, subject to approval. (Send a request for approval to lifesavingsport@usla.org). Unfortunately, Associate Members are NOT eligible to compete, but we welcome you to attend and cheer our lifesavers on!
  • Entry Fees:
    National Lifeguard Adult Championship Entry Fees
    : $130

    National Junior Lifeguard & U19 Championship Entry Fees
    : $75

    *Professionals who are competing in the U19 division will pay the Junior fee for this competition. Professionals who also want to compete in the Nationals, Thursday through Saturday, must pay an additional fee for that competition

    The following is important information from the Lifesaving Sport Committee for all competitors who will be attending the 2018 USLA NATIONAL LIFEGUARD CHAMPIONSHIPS in Virginia Beach, VA.
    • START Times:
      • The competition will be starting daily at the scheduled start time of 8AM. Please be prepared and allow enough time for your warm-up.
      • There will be a single call for each event. A first & final call only. The first one each morning will be at 7:30AM
      • Events will not be delayed for craft conflicts; this is a rule and will be enforced. Be prepared and make arrangements ahead of time.
    • It is your responsibility to know the rules. Please familiarize yourself with the rules of the event(s) you plan on participating in. Make sure to review the revised rules for the American Ironwoman and the rules for the new event Ironguard.
    • Teams who wish to compete in the "B" Division please be aware of the rules. No exceptions or excuses will be accepted.
      • All Chapter Teams are considered in the "A" Division until they request and submit verification to be included in the "B" Division.
      • Request must be done annually and must include a letter from the involved agency/agencies employer(s) verifying the number of employed lifeguards.
      • The letter must be from an administrator (not the Captain or Chief of a Beach Patrol) from the agency/agencies that comprise the chapter. Letters must be from an official with the agency, not involved in the daily beach patrol operations. It must be received by the Lifesaving Sport Chair by August 1, 2018. It can be emailed to lifesavingsport@usla.org.
    • The line for last-minute, on-site registration can get long, causing athletes to miss their events. When on-site, you will need to wait in line to use one of the computers we provide with Internet access and you will need to complete all the same steps on-site as you can take today from home. Why wait at the event site? Log-in now and register.
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