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July 2023

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people Connect requirements necessary to continue to serve and keep the public safe. On June 17, the group met on the sand for a team photo followed by a sprint trial and an immediate transition to a swim test. e department averages 800 water-related rescues and 1,100 medical aids per year with roughly 3 million visitors annually. e City of Del Mar Lifeguards began in 1965 with four full-time guards. Today, the team includes a mix of full-time lifeguards as well as dozens of seasonal employees. And each year, they gather for "requals," an opportunity for friendly competition that ultimately confirms that each individual lifeguard meets the physical fitness Del Mar Lifeguards Requalifications PHOTO BY VINCENT KNAKAL @ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE JULY 2023 73

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