The Annual Paragon Awards, sponsored by Pentair Aquatic Systems, are presented for outstanding contributions to: Competitive Swimming, Water Polo, Competitive Diving, Aquatic Safety, Synchronized Swimming and Recreational Swimming.
B. Christmas Brewster (USA)
2010 Paragon Award – Water Safety
Chris Brewster began his lifesaving career as a lifeguard on the beaches of San Diego,
California in 1979 and has grown over the past thirty years to become one of the world's most influential promoters of beach and open water safety. His passion for lifesaving education has caused him to serve in leadership capacities on numerous lifesaving and water safety organizations including President of United States Lifesaving Association (USLA), Americas professional association of beach lifeguards charged with reducing the incidence of death and injury by drowning. Through Brewster's initiatives and planning, the
Certification Program, the Lifeguard Agency Response Team Program and the USLA National Lifeguard Championships were designed and implemented to help the professional lifeguard
be more prepared and effective.
Chris serves as Vice President of the International Lifesaving Federation, the world's international organization of
lifesavers and as President of the Americas Region, where he oversees ILF activities throughout the western hemisphere including North, South, and Central America, the Caribbean, and Hawaii. He is lifeguard Chief (retired) of the San Diego Lifeguard Service and Harbor Master with an annual budget of $10 million with two hundred forty employees. He has authored, co-authored or edited over twenty one written articles, bills or papers; presented over twenty four lectures and presentations in seven countries; given over twenty five media appearances; and attended or presided over one hundred thirty meetings, seminars, and events around the world.
As author of the "USLA Manuel of Open Water Lifesaving", he has initiated the US National Certification Program
for Beaches and served as Chair of the National Certification Committee. His website is www.lifesaver1.com.