First youth applies to Keiki Junior Lifeguard program

LIHU‘E — The inaugural class of the Ocean Safety Bureau’s Keiki Junior Lifeguard Program is filled.

It took just one week for the Keiki Junior Lifeguard program to fill all 50 spots for participants ages 8 to 12. The course runs from July 16 to 20.

Among the applicants was Jake Valenti, 8, who came in personally with his father, Bobby Valenti, to turn in his application. He then met with Kaua‘i Fire Chief Robert Westerman.

The Keiki program operates with the same goal as the Junior Lifeguard program. It aims to teach Kaua‘i youth about ocean safety and lifesaving skills in an effort to expand the efforts of the Ocean Safety Bureau.

To be eligible for the workshop, participants much be committed to the challenges it offers and be able to swim and run 50 yards non-stop without assistance.

For information on future programs call the Ocean Safety Bureau at 241-4984 or 241-4168.

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