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OC Lifeguard Rookies Re-Qualify Before Suiting Up

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - On a windy Saturday in Ocean City, 22 beach patrol rookies hit the sands and braved the waters.

It's not for a rescue, but as their last day of training and re-qualifying before taking the stands. Among the tests, a 300 meter sprint on the beach in under 65 seconds. Then, after a 10 minute break, the rookies head to the ocean to complete a 400 meter swim in less than 10 minutes, from the inlet to the recently renovated Ocean City fishing pier.

But, according to NOAA, the Ocean City waters were recorded at a cold 56 degrees.

"The swim was tough," said rookie lifeguard Jon Husson. "It's more the cold than the actual distance."

"They're not getting the efficiency, because of the conditions, but this is what we work in," said Capt. Butch Ardin.

Of the 22 rookies who took the test, 17 qualified and are now officially Ocean City lifeguards, including Husson. The other five will have another go at it again Sunday at 9 AM.

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