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Toa O Le Tai Lifeguard Competition

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Toa o le Tai Ocean Heroes open water swimming and open water safety instructor, (L) 19 year old Daniel Saifoloi from Se’etaga, last Saturday, moments after completing his historic 9 mile relay with other instructors from the Toa o le Tai Ocean Heroes and members from the Department of Public Safety Marine Patrol Unit. Saifoloi’s mother, Torise Saifoloi (center) and Michelle Chase, wife of marathon swimmer Bruckner Chase beaming with the hero. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

Today, the territory will witness an American Samoa historic first, the Toa o le Tai Ocean Heroes Lifeguard competition, with participants competing in Lifeguard events, closing out this year’s Ocean Week (Our Island’s Ocean Is Life), which began last Saturday, with a historic 9 mile relay swim from Aunu’u Island to Utulei Beach Park , completed by instructors of the Toa o le Tai Ocean Heroes Program, as well as members of the Department of Public Safety Marine Patrol Unit.

This morning at 8am, at the Utulei Beach Park, Toa o le Tai members and others, will compete in another historic event, when they put their training and hard work to the test at Utulei Beach Park.

Samoa News spoke with 19 year old Daniel Saifoloi from Se’etaga, who was also part of the historic 9 mile relay swim and is an instructor for the Toa o le Tai Ocean Heroes Program. “I want to wish everyone good luck today. Just like the relay swim last week, I hope that this competition will encourage the youth of the territory to want to learn how to swim and learn about water safety. By doing this, hopefully some of the youth will become efficient enough in doing this, that they to will be able to someday compete in a competition like this one and become ocean athletes themselves,” said Saifoloi.

The Toa o le Tai Ocean Heroes Lifeguard Competition, as part of the Bruckner Chase Toa o le Tai Ocean Youth Program, in partnership with Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Public Safety and Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary, invites the public out to witness the young ocean athletes of the territory.



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