VBLA Ocean Swim Series

Sun June 20, 2021 Virginia Beach, VA 23451 US Directions
Events

VBLA 'JK' 1-Mile Swim

9:30AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT
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Place
2401 Atlantic Avenure
Virginia Beach, VA US 23451
Description
The Virginia Beach Lifeguard Association (VBLA) is ready to host its world famous Ocean Swim Series again in 2021. The goal of the races is to provide high level ocean swim competition for the experienced and competitive racers; while also providing a safe and comfortable experience to those ready to give open water swimming a try. In addition, the series celebrates, highlights and supports today's surf rescue heroes staffing the lifeguard stands in Virginia Beach.
Competitors may choose one, two, or all three races to compete in during the summer. Every racer will receive the 'must have' Race T-shirt, a bright swim cap, and other goodies yet to be determined. Since safety is always the number one priority, in addition to providing elite level lifesaving protection during the race, Covid-19 Guidelines will be followed to provide a safe experience for all competitors.
The 2021 Series will see the following changes:
  • No Race-Day Registration
  • Awards may be distributed on site or at a later date.
  • Heats will be created matching swimmers of similar age and ability.
  • Packet Pick-up will occur at the new Aquawear location on Birdneck Rd prior to the event.
  • The Beach Base for the Series will be the Surf & Rescue Museum at 24th Street, but individual race start and finish locations are yet to be finalized.
What will not change is an emphasis on safety, fun, and promoting open water swimming to as many swimmers as possible.
[The Virginia Beach Lifeguard Association is a 501C-3 Non Profit local chapter of the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA), the national organization of open water lifesavers committed to reducing drowning and preventing injury in the aquatic environment. The VBLA is comprised mainly of current members and alumni of the Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service,and friends of the surf lifesaving community.
Each summer the VBLA completes its mission of promoting beach safety through multiple avenues. The VBLA has provided free public safety presentations to elementary schools, military commands and fortune 500 companies. VBLA members volunteer to monitor open water events that raise thousands of dollars for charities. Finally, VBLA hosts and participates in local, regional and national competitions to motivate guards to train harder and better work together to protect the citizens and visitors to Virginia Beach.]
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