Lifeguards train for Fourth of July crowds
Lifeguards in Sea Bright participated in training drills Friday to prepare for the large crowds for Fourth of July weekend.
The drills included relay ocean swims, beach runs and a simulated timed rescue of a drowning child.
"They're learning how to lifeguard open ocean, how to navigate through rip currents," says Mike Hudson, captain of the Sea Bright Ocean Rescue. "What most people find life threatening, we use it to save lives."
The lifeguards who were training say they like that the training happens while the beach is open for visitors.
"In a real situation, you have everybody crowded around watching you," says Riley Flanagan. "It's good to have the pressure when practicing."
Ocean lifeguards complete at minimum more than 60 hours of training in drills.