LIFESAVERS from Walton pool were crowned national champions after blowing their competition out of the water.

The team of lifeguards at Frinton and Walton Swimming Pool took part in the annual National Lifeguard Triathlon Competition.

It pitted Walton’s super-swimmers against the other top lifeguard teams from 50 pools around the country.

Their skills were tested in a series of challenges, including towing races, a theory test and a CPR exam.

Mark Platt, Tendring Council’s leisure boss said: “They are a real credit to the council and the district as a whole and we recognise their outstanding efforts to lift this crown and put Tendring on the map.”

All eight team members from Walton took part, ranging from 20 to 69 years old.

They caused a splash in the massive field of 981 competitors, representing 50 different pools.

Walton’s team was led by the star effort of James Whitfield, 26, who came second overall with a 99 per cent rating.