Harold Teshima, 20, of Kaimuki, who works on Windward O'ahu beaches and often at Sandy's, is a fine example of a fit lifeguard.
grew up surfing at Pine Trees and Banyans in Kailua, Kona.
first got on a board when he
was 6 years old and he
has been in the water ever since.
mother is an avid bodysurfer, his
father a surfer and fisherman, and Teshima
began competitive surfing at age 8.
"To be working on the beach, you have to be in top shape all the time," Teshima
To maintain the necessary level of fitness, Teshima
works out every day, with cardio (running on the beach, jumping rope, swimming), alternated with weight-bearing exercises using his
own body weight (push-ups, pull-ups, squats).
days off he
free dives, surfs, spearfishes, cliff jumps and does some yoga.
"I don't really see lifeguarding as a job, I see it as a lifestyle.
I feel like a paid athlete.
It's a great, healthy lifestyle," Teshima
Lt. Kevin Allen, Teshima's
boss, said, "Harold
is a good employee and very strong in the water.