STUDENT Emma Yearsley became a real life Baywatch babe when she took part in a new TV show.

The 17-year-old, from Ullswater Close in Elland, was one of eight lucky British teenagers who travelled to San Diego for documentary Mission Beach USA.

They joined Californian youngsters to take part in the famous Junior Lifeguard programme.

Emma, who is doing her A-levels at Brooksbank School in Elland, said: “It was absolutely amazing – the best four weeks of my life.

“I made the best friends and learned so much about myself and other people.”

The eight-part series will show the group undergoing a rigorous series of physical and mental tests.

As well as beach safety, lifesaving and swimming skills, they learned body surfing, body boarding and board surfing.

They also enjoyed snorkelling, abseiling and horse riding.

Dance-mad Emma beat off competition from thousands of other teenagers to gain a place on the show.

She said: “It was a great experience to go from knowing nothing about the ocean to knowing a lot.

“I still want to pursue a dance career – there’s not much sea around Halifax to be a lifeguard – but it has helped me realise that I can do anything if I put my mind to it.”

The first show is on BBC2 at 12.30pm on October 25.