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They don’t work in Manhattan Beach or Huntington Beach. They work in the High Desert, which is why the “world class” status earned last month by Palmdale’s lifeguard team is so remarkable. The team scored 95 from the National Aquatic Safety Company (NASCO) after the organization conducted a lifeguard inspection at DryTown Water Park.

“A score of 70 is considered to be ‘world class,’ and our lifeguards scored an incredible 95,” said Keri Smith, Palmdale director of Recreation and Culture.

The Palmdale lifeguards achieved their rating after being evaluated for scanning time (how quickly and accurately the water surface is viewed), appearance (indicating that the lifeguard is prepared with proper equipment), and posture (rescue-ready stance).

“This is the 15th time our lifeguards have achieved a ‘world class’ score,” Smith added. “We couldn’t be prouder of our lifeguard team. They take what they do very seriously and train and study hard to give our families the very best experience at DryTown and our pools.”

NASCO performs yearly inspections at hundreds of water park facilities throughout the nation, and is recognized as a leader and innovator in the safety procedures for aquatics and amusement park facilities.

For more details about the Palmdale lifeguard program, call the Recreation and Culture department at (661) 267-5611.