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County announces 2013 Junior Lifeguard Program

By Staff | Apr 25, 2013

WAILUKU – The county Department of Parks & Recreation’s Aquatics Division is looking for a few good young men and women to take part in their 2013 Junior Lifeguard Program.

Applications are available from now until April 30 at all County of Maui lifeguard towers and swimming pools, all Parks and Recreation facilities in Hana and Molokai and the Lanai Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing (ask for Shelly).

Completed applications should be either e-mailed to Ocean Safety Training Capt. Cary Kayama at cary.kayama@ mauicounty.gov, faxed to the Aquatics Division at 270-6141, or, if you live on Maui, dropped off at the Aquatics Division office at the War Memorial Gymnasium.

The Junior Lifeguard pool training program is being offered to all young adults ages 12-17. For the ocean training segment, participants must be at least 13 years old.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must be able to pass a 300-meter swim test nonstop within 11 minutes. Parents or a legal guardian need to be present during the swim testing phase of the application process.

The training will be offered as week-long sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at various locations on Maui, Molokai and Lanai between June 10 and July 19.

Training consists of familiarizing students with water safety skills, CPR, first aid, surf and rescue techniques, ocean swimming, paddle boarding and lifesaving skills.

Although the program is free, there is a suggested donation of $15 that can be made payable to the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association-Maui Chapter.

For more information about the program, contact Cary Kayama at 270-6140 or Fran Yamamoto at 270-6138.