Water safety panel discussion set

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Junior lifeguards learn about personal watercraft rescues at Kalapaki Beach.

Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

Junior Lifeguard training program participants run along Kalapaki Beach under the watchful eye of a Kauai Fire Department Ocean Safety Bureau lifeguard and program instructor at right, with an OSB rescue craft in the foreground.

Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island file

A short-boarder gets some air off one of the Ammonia’s breaks during a recent big east swell on Kalapaki Bay.

In five years Kauai has seen the number of beach goers more than double, yet the number of rescues and drownings over that same period has decreased, according to the Kauai Lifeguard Association.