Oh the good old days of early morning wake up calls and the anticipation of a warm, gentle swim the ocean with 300 - 400 of your closest friends.....
It's upon us again, The LACo Rookie Swim Test is just over a week away, so break out your sunglasses, shorts, beach chair, camera, sunscreen, hat and binoculars and come watch the fun on:
Saturday, September 27, 2008. Rookie check in is at 7 a.m. As usual, just south of the Santa Monica Pier. SMHQ will once again be the cattle pen for the aspiring rookie candidates.
For more official information, please see the following:
Saturday, 09/27/2008 2008 Ocean Lifeguard Candidate Exam
The Ocean Swim test for all Ocean Lifeguard Candidates will be held at Santa Monica Beach.
Everyone (well nearly) enjoys a story with a Happy Ending, so here are a few photos from the Sept. 2006 Rookie Swim Test from pre-race to post.
Pre-Race: Cattle Call, Check-in and Briefing (cued to the title/theme song of the 60's western tv series, RAWHIDE)...
Pre-Race: Herding of the Candidates at Starting line
The Shotgun Start: Courtesy of Section Chief Scott Davey (who apparently received this shotgun as a gift from Hal Dunnigan who himself allegedly was given it by his father in law many years ago as a wedding present).....
The Mad Dash Into The Sea.....
The Finish and The Happy Ending: Rookie Candidate Chris Newman, finishing in the Top 30, qualified for rookie school. Shown here with his dear old dad, the inimitable and infamous "Newmie" of Baywatch fame, LACo Lifeguard lore, aka Michael A. Newman, along with Chris' younger sister, Emily Newman, a future rookie candidate herself. Young Chris since finishing rookie school has worked the past two summers ('07 and '08) in Venice and especially likes the rescues and preventions in the Avenues, in an ironic twist and change of direction from that of his father who is still a legend at Will Rogers Tower #8.....
Hope to see those of you who can come and watch the celebrations and the carnage, with drinks to follow at a no-host bar to be selected by Don Spitler and Abbey Schneider...
Surf's Up !
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