When the United States Lifesaving Assn. National Lifeguard Championships get underway this week, Scott Diederich will be wearing the kelly green and white cap that is representative of the Laguna Beach Lifeguard Assn.
Diederich, a seasoned competitor in the annual event, is among a few Laguna Beach athletes who will join more than 1,000 lifeguards and junior lifeguards from across the country at the three-day event that began Thursday, continues today and concludes Saturday at Huntington State Beach at Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway.
"It's a great competition," said Diederich, 44, a full-time professional lifeguard for Laguna Beach since 1991. He has been with the department either as a full-time or seasonal lifeguard since 1982.
"The events in this competition reflect some part of our job, ranging from ocean surf swim races to dory boat races, and everything in between," he said. "Ocean surf racing at the professional lifeguard level really does reflect the competitive nature of the job."