Lifeguards from across Southeast Asia and Australia gathered in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a thrilling competition testing their skills and endurance. The event, held on April 27, featured participants from Australia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, and various regions of Vietnam, including the beautiful coastal cities of Hue, Quang Nam, Da Nang, and Nha Trang.

The competition included a range of challenging events, starting with a swimming race, followed by a rescue board relay, and culminating in a board swimming race to save a simulated drowning victim. The lifeguards’ skills and teamwork were put to the test as they raced against time to provide crucial assistance.

One of the highlights was the lifeguard triathlon, a demanding test of endurance that combined swimming, running, and surfing skills, ending with a sprint to the finish line. It showcased the physical prowess and determination of these dedicated professionals.

Beyond the competition, the event facilitated cross-cultural exchange and the sharing of expertise among the participating nations. Each team had the opportunity to learn from one another, enhancing their rescue capabilities and strengthening their collective ability to protect lives.

The Australian team stood out with their exceptional performance, securing first place in both the swimming relay and board rescue swimming events. Their success highlighted the effectiveness of their training and the depth of their experience.

Nguyen Duc Vu, head of the Management Board of Son Tra Peninsula and Da Nang Tourist Beaches, emphasized the importance of collaboration with international experts. He shared that his organization regularly partners with the Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association to organize training courses, enhance knowledge, and upgrade the professional capabilities of beach lifeguard teams in Vietnam.

“Lifeguards need a unique combination of professional skills and physical strength to effectively rescue people in distress,” Vu told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. “Through our collaboration with Australian experts, we are committed to improving our rescue techniques and ensuring the safety of all visitors to our beaches.”

Contestants gave their all in multiple events at the lifeguard competition in Da Nang, central Vietnam, on April 27, 2024. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre
With focus and determination, contestants swim to rescue a simulated drowning victim at the lifeguard competition in Da Nang, central Vietnam, on April 27, 2024. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre
The Australian lifeguards’ celebration after clinching first place in the swimming relay event at the lifeguard competition in Da Nang, central Vietnam, on April 27, 2024. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre
The competition brought excitement and a sense of community to all involved. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre
Contestants gave their all during the lifeguard competition in Da Nang, central Vietnam, on April 27, 2024. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre
Exemplifying teamwork, two Australian female lifeguards bring a simulated drowning victim to safety at the lifeguard competition in Da Nang, central Vietnam, on April 27, 2024. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre
The Australian lifeguards displayed remarkable strength and technique at the lifeguard competition in Da Nang, central Vietnam, on April 27, 2024. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre
The Australian team proudly accepts the first prize, recognizing their outstanding overall performance. Photo: Doan Nhan / Tuoi Tre