August 4-7, 2021

The USLA National Lifeguard Championships at South Padre Island for the first time on August 4-7, 2021. More than 1000 competitors, coaches, and families will compete over four days in intense athletic competitions in the ocean and on the sand. On Wednesday, August 4, the Junior Lifeguard Championship and U19 National Team Trials bring more than 300 competitors ages 9 - 18 in competitions ranging from surf swims to paddle-board races to run races and relays. Starting Thursday, August 5, extending through Saturday, August 7, approximately 600 current and alumni lifesavers will battle for open and age group event championships and the grand prizes of large and small beach team championships.


Check out the 2021 USLA Nationals schedule.

Full Schedule

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Airports to Fly Into

Valley International Aiport - HRL
Brownsville-South Padre International Airport - BRO


Ask about group travel discounts

United Airlines
United offers special benefits for teams of six or more traveling on the same flight for sports-related travel.

Southwest Airlines
If you're traveling with a group of ten or more people, our Group Travel Program is for you! The program provides extra flexibility and discounted airfare to help make your travel experience affordable, easy, and fun. Groups receive access to special discounts off published fares through our dedicated Group Travel Reservations Centers.

The lifeguards and their family members can book their Brownsville or Harlingen airport shuttle on:

Select the 7-10 group rate at $35.00/participant one-way or $60.00 round-trip!

Under the special requests tab, write: LIFEGUARD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Rental Car and Shuttle Information

  • The Island Metro (formerly the Wave) is a free shuttle system, operating daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The shuttle runs the length on the Island, stopping at beach accesses, hotels, restaurants, attractions, and other points of interest. Island Metro also has another route that crosses the Queen Isabella Causeway into Port Isabel. All of the shuttles are equipped with a bicycle rack, ADA accessible with wheelchair lifts, and offer complimentary WiFi. For the Island Metro route and schedule click here.

    • Island Metro
      321 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX 78597
      (956) 761-8178
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    • Valley Metro - Brownsville/South Padre Island Airport
      700 Amelia Earhart Drive, Brownsville, TX 78521
      (800) 574-8322
      Note: Island arrival and departures from first and last stops. All transfers are made at Las Palmas Shopping Center in Port Isabel.

    • Lisa Vega
      Car Service to/from Brownsville and Harlingen airports.
      More Info

    • RGV Private Car Service - Kevin Miller
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    • Terri Latham
      Private Transportation to/from Brownsville, Harlingen, and McAllen airports.
      More Info

    • South Padre Island Surf Shuttle
      More Info

    • Shuttle
      Service to/from Brownsville and Harlingen airport.

  • There are taxis available from A Cabs, B.B.’s Taxi, J J Taxi, and Padre Cab Co.

    • A Taxi
      826 S Garcia St, Port Isabel, TX 78578
      (956) 943-4848
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    • A Cab
      1515 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597
      (956 )761-2222
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    • BB’s Taxis
      104 E Ling St., South Padre Island, TX 78597

    • JJ’s Taxi
      108 E Pike St., South Padre Island, TX 78597
      (956) 761-9292
      More Info

    • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
      Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport (BRO)
      700 Amelia Earhart Drive, Brownsville, TX 78521
      (956) 574-9612
      More Info

    • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
      Harlingen Intl Airport (HRL)
      3030 Airport Drive, Harlingen, TX 78550
      (956) 430-8643
      More Info

    • Hertz Rent-A-Car
      Brownsville South Padre Intl Airport (BRO)
      700 S Minnesota Ave., Brownsville, TX 78521
      (956) 542-7466
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    • Dollar Rent-A-Car
      500 Amelia Earhart Drive, Brownville, TX 78521
      (866) 434-2226
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    • Budget
      700 Amelia Earhart Dr., Brownsville, TX 78520
      (956) 546-5119
      More Info

    • National Car Rental
      Brownsville South Padre Intl Airport (BRO)
      700 Amelia Earhart Drive, Brownsville, TX 78521
      (956) 550-0354
      More Info

    • National Car Rental
      3210 E. Grimes St. Harlingen, TX 78597
      (956) 507-4003
      More Info

    • All Valley Limousine Service
      600 Ash Ave., McAllen, TX 78501
      (956) 630-5466
      (866) 851-2345 (Toll-Free)
      More Info

    • All Valley Charters
      600 Ash Ave., McAllen, TX 78501
      (956) 213-1181

    • Escamilla Tour Buses
      2801 Zinnia Ave., McAllen, TX 78504
      (956) 994-1169

    • Presidential Transportation Services
      2549 US-83 BUS, McAllen, TX 78501
      (956) 223-7488
      More Info

    • Price4Limo
      *Limousine, Party Bus & Charter Bus Rentals
      (855) 458-7002
      More Info

  • Looking for a different mode of transportation? We have some fun alternatives such as jeeps, bicycles, and the Island’s favorite vehicles: golf carts (4, 6 & 8 seaters) and scout coupes (mini cars). Wheels on Padre, SPI Fun Rentals, and several of the surf shops offer hourly and daily rentals.


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