Kaua‘i Junior Lifeguard program starts Monday

Kaua‘i will attempt to four-peat in the state starting Monday.

Currently the three-time defending champions for the state Junior Lifeguard program, Kaua‘i’s first classes start Monday at Salt Pond and Lydgate beach park sites.

The Kaua‘i Junior Lifeguard program is open to Kaua‘i youth between the ages of 13 to 17 years old and offers instruction in valuable life-saving skills.

During last year’s program at Po‘ipu Beach Park, Junior Lifeguard students were involved when an actual swimmer-in-distress call was received by the Po‘ipu tower.

The week-long program runs Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various beach sites around the island. Programs are taught by Kaua‘i Ocean Safety instructors.

During the week’s course, students will get hands-on learning in areas of drug awareness, rescue skills, CPR, first aid, teamwork, problem-solving, ocean awareness and beach hazards.

Students are asked to bring their own lunch, sunscreen and a towel to each day’s training.

Following the initial class at Salt Pond and Lydgate Park, Hanalei and Po‘ipu will have its classes from July 9 through 13. The program wraps up at Kalapaki Beach from July 16 through 20.

The Kaua‘i Island championships will be held July 21 at Kalapaki Beach. The State championships will be on the Big Island on July 28.

The Kaua‘i Junior Lifeguard program is sponsored in part by the County of Kaua‘i, the Kaua‘i Lifeguard Association, the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association and numerous other community sponsors who care about Kaua‘i’s youth.

For more information, call the Kaua‘i Ocean Safety Bureau at 241-6506, or 241-6500.

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