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Honolulu Jr. Lifeguard registration starts in late April

Published On: Apr 16 2013 03:51:00 PM HST

HONOLULU -

The Honolulu Emergency Services Department's Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division and the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association announces registration for the Junior Lifeguard Program will open Saturday, April 27.

The city's Junior Lifeguard program familiarizes teenagers with ocean safety awareness and skills.

Instructed by the City and County of Honolulu Ocean Safety Division Lifeguards, the program included instruction in surf rescue techniques, physical conditioning, swimming, CPR and First Aid training and lifeguard rescue related skills.

The Junior Lifeguard program develops self-confidence and teaches the experience needed to stay safe in the ocean.  Many of today's dedicated Ocean Safety officers got their start in the Jr. Lifeguard Program.

Participants must be 13-18 years of age at the time of registration, no exceptions.  All participants must be able to swim.  This is not a learn-to-swim program.  Swimwear, water and home lunch are required daily.

On April 27, on-site registration will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at Makaha Beach Park and at Ala Moana Beach Park (behind Tower 1B, Ewa side of the park).  On-site registration will be held at Kalama Beach Park and Ehukai Beach Park on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. until noon.  Applicants are enrolled on a first-come-first-served basis.

Twenty-one children are allowed in each one-week program to maintain a safe instructor-to-student ratio.  Each child receives a shirt and goodie bag at the end of each session.

2013 Program Schedule

JG Week #1:  May 27 - May 31 - ALA MOANA BEACH PARK

JG Week #2:  June 3 - June 7 - KALAMA BEACH PARK

JG Week #3:  June 10 - June 14 - MAKAHA BEACH PARK

JG Week #4:  June 17 - June 21 - EHUKAI BEACH PARK

JG Week #5:  June 24 - June 28 - ALA MOANA BEACH PARK

JG Week #6:  July 1 - July 5 - KALAMA BEACH PARK (No class July 4)

JG Week #7:  July 8 - July 12 - MAKAHA BEACH PARK

JG Week #8:  July 15 - July 19 - EHUKAI BEACH PARK

For further information, contact the Ocean Safety Division Junior Lifeguard Coordinator Jimmy Barros at 723-7869 or jbarros@honolulu.gov.

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