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2015 Ocean City Crew Comps (26 photos)

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

The 17 crews that make up Ocean City Beach Patrol have been competing against one another in tests of physical and mental  fitness since 1976.  The Crew Competitions gives Ocean City Beach Patrol the chance to demonstrate their lifesaving skills and the community a chance to celebrate all that the Beach Patrol does for them. Competition  builds team spirit and encourages lifeguards to keep in top shape.  It’s  essential to the success of a lifeguard. Why? Because every time a lifeguard gets in the water, they have to defeat the ocean .

During the Crew Comps crews channel their competition in a festive atmosphere.

The 2015 Crew Comps took place on Saturday,  July 25, on the  North Division Street beach.  Here’s a recap:

The event kicked off with the Land Line.    Each crew used a system of ropes to rescue their designated victim.

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Can you spell teamwork?

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Next up was the Paddle Board Relay.

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Each competitor ran as fast as they could…

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and leaped into the water.

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There was still more to come. Next up was the  Run Swim Run relay.

The competitors kicked up the sand as the crowd looked on.

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When they emerged…

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They sped to the finish  line.

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The crews lined up for the 400 M relay…

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Which went by in a blur.

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Before you knew it. It was time for a good old game of tug-of-war.

Spectators settled in for the competition

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Each team dug their trenches.
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Then the action began. Each crew had a member cheering them on.

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There were looks of determination on every face.

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Throughout the entire event the community was celebrating its Beach Patrol  and each crew certainly gave the community a reason to celebrate.

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