Ocean City Beach Patrol crew competition set for July 30

The Ocean City Beach Patrol will be hosting their annual intra-squad crew competition again, this July.

Taking place at 6:30 PM on July 30, the event will be at the beach on North Division Street, hosting 18 crews of guards from OCBP.

OCBP Captain, Butch Arbin, was quoted saying,

“Our annual crew competition has great spectator appeal and visitors to Ocean City are encouraged to come out and support the lifeguards from their beach. It is a high-energy lifesaving exhibition and competition that our residents and visitors look forward to each year. Even many of our local businesses support the crews from their area by providing banners, uniforms, and food to show their appreciation for the work our lifeguards do every day by keeping their patrons safe.”

The employees will dress up in a crew theme for competition, and spectators are encouraged to come and cheer on their favorite guards in the following events:

  • Run Swim Run Relay: A team of guards from the same crew will combine their most basic lifesaving skills of running and swimming as they handoff a rescue buoy.
  • Land Line: A team of guards from the same crew will rescue a swimmer in distress by swimming out a 150 meter line and then be pulled to shore with the “victim” by other members of the crew.
  • Paddle Board Relay: A team of guards from the same crew will paddle out 150 meter on a 11 foot rescue board and return to shore before handing it off to the next waiting crew member.
  • Soft Sand Relay: A team of guards from the same crew will each sprint 150 meters before handing off a rubber relay baton, in this pure running race, in soft-sand.
  • Tug O War: A team of guards from the same crew will pull against other crews drawn randomly in this double elimination event that emphasizes strength and endurance.

Arbin went on to explain, “This competition has been taking place since 1976. It is a special event and a great way to spend an evening with family or friends, while also supporting Ocean City’s lifeguards. It has become a tradition that not only do the Beach Patrol’s Surf Rescue Technicians enjoy but an event that many of our residents and visitors look forward to as well.”

OCBP officials say that the crew competition was renamed in honor of Lt. Warren Williams, following his untimely death in May of 2003.

Warren Williams held the rank of Lieutenant at the time of his passing and will be remembered by those who worked with him as one who always had the welfare of others as his priority, and was always willing to do anything for the betterment of the Patrol and Ocean City.

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