Junior lifeguard registration set

The Kauai Keiki and Junior Lifeguard Program has grown — there are now five junior sessions for those aged 12-17 and five keiki sessions for ages 8-11. The program can train up to 550 registrants, the Kauai Lifeguard Association has announced.

Registration for this year’s program begins May 1. Entries will only be accepted online at Kauai.gov.

Training sessions begin June 5 at Salt Pond and continue through the summer leading up to the Kauai Island Championships on July 22, the state finals on July 29 and national competition Aug. 9 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Junior guard directors from around the state will select an all-star team that will compete at nationals. Last year, Kelta O’Rourke received the Kauai Marriott Percy Kinimaka Award of Aloha and was invited to compete in the international championships.

This year, KLA received support for training sessions around the island from Kalaheo Dental Group, Coldwell Bankers Makai Properties, the Parrish Collection, First Hawaiian Bank, A&B and Kukuiula Development. The Kauai Island Championship is sponsored by Hokuala, and global travel is funded in part by Coco Palms Ltd., and Kauai Community Federal Credit Union with an exceptional additional donation by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg.

This program is one of the ocean-minded community campaigns presented by KLA.

Info: Andy Melamed, 482-0218 or andymelamed946@gmail.com, or Kauailifeguards.org.

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