I'm looking to be a lifeguard the summer after this one (yeah it's a long way off but you have to be 18) at my local beach. The test is a 0.5 mile ocean swim, a 1 mile soft sand run, then two rescues. You also must be able to run 1 mile under 8 minutes and 500 meter swim under 10 minutes. Of course I will train for this, but I'm not worried about the mile at all, it's the swimming part. I surf on a pretty regular basis so I'm right at home in the water, I just have never trained for swimming before.
So is 500 meters in under 10 minutes a reasonable thing to do for a 17 year old male athlete if I train for a decent amount of time? I surf, play high school lacrosse and run, but I would definitely like to add swimming to my workouts.
Also, what gear would you guys/gals recommend for ocean/indoor pool training? Not sure if compression shorts/swimming equivalent of compression shorts are standard or if boardshorts are even an option.
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