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A lifeguard candidate swims to shore on Saturday, Feb. 27 during the San Clemente lifegaurd tryouts. Photo: Eric Heinz
A lifeguard candidate swims to shore on Feb. 27 during the San Clemente lifeguard tryouts. Photo: File by Eric Heinz

San Clemente  Times

The San Clemente Lifeguard and Junior Guard Foundation will host the Inaugural Lifeguard Challenge Open Water Swim on the morning of June 5. The event will include an 800-yard ocean water swim. The swim will be the same distance and course prospective lifeguards must swim in order to qualify for consideration as San Clemente City Ocean Lifeguards. Participating swimmers who complete the course in the San Clemente Lifeguard qualifying time of 13 minutes and 30 seconds will receive a signed certificate. The event will also include a youth division that will consist of a 400-yard swim. A signed certificate of accomplishment will be awarded to the youth who complete the 400-yard course.

The top two men and women swimmers in each division will receive a medal. Also, the top San Clemente resident boy and girl in the youth division will be awarded.

On-duty city lifeguards will be at the event to ensure the safety of all participants, Bill Humphrey, city of San Clemente Chief of Marine Safety, said in a press release.

The 800-yard swim will have two divisions, a junior division for ages 12 to 15 years old and an open division for 16-year-olds and up. Participants will swim 400 yards out and around a colored buoy and return to the beach.

Swimmers in the 400-yard youth division will swim 200 yards out and around a colored buoy and return to the beach.

The swim event will start on the north side of Lifeguard Headquarters.

Registration for the event is $25 online and includes a T-shirt and swim cap. Late registration on the day of the event registration is $30, cash or checks only. Event check-in begins at 7 a.m. and the competitions begin at 8:15 a.m. with a safety briefing. Online registration closes May 31. Register online at 

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