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Registration open for summer Junior Lifeguards program

By Staff | May 28, 2009

WAILUKU — Registration is under way for most of this year’s summer sessions of the Junior Lifeguards program.

Coordinated by the county Parks Department’s Aquatics Division, the program familiarizes students with water safety skills and provides an introduction to CPR, first aid and rescue techniques with an emphasis on ocean swimming, paddle boarding and lifesaving skills.

Two-week sessions for both pool and ocean safety programs will be held in Central, South and West Maui June 15-26 (Session I) and July 6-17 (Session II).

Pool sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, and ocean safety sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.    

Five-day programs will also be held at the Community Pool on Lanai from June 22-26 and Hana Bay from July 20-24.

Participants in all programs must have strong swimming skills and pass a swim test. Pool programs are offered for youth ages 11-17, and ocean safety programs are offered for participants ages 13-17. Age requirements must be met by Dec. 31, 2009.

The course is offered for a suggested donation of $15, payable by check to the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association-Maui Chapter.

Class sizes are limited to 12; registration will be held on a first-come, first-served basis at each site from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays: Lahaina Aquatic Center for West District ocean sessions, Kahului Pool for pool and North District ocean sessions, and Kihei Pool for South District ocean sessions.

Learn-to-Swim classes will be held on Saturdays in June and July at the Upcountry Pool and the New Wailuku Pool for children ages 4-10 years. Class times are 9 to 9:45 a.m. for Level I and 10 to 10:45 a.m. for Level II.

In-water parent participation is encouraged for Level I classes; both levels are offered free of charge. Call the Upcountry Pool at 572-1479 or the New Wailuku Pool at 270-7411.