Maui County Junior Lifeguard Program slated in West Maui
WAILUKU – Maui County’s Junior Lifeguard Program will be accepting applications for each district, including West Maui.
The program is for students ages 13 to 17; younger applicants must make the age requirement by May 2016. Space is limited in each district, and all students must complete a 300-yard nonstop swim test within 11 minutes in order to participate.
A parent or legal guardian must be present during registration and the swim test. A contact phone number and e-mail address is required for each participant.
Each district training session is a five-day course that will familiarize students with water safety skills. It includes an introduction to CPR, first aid, surf rescue techniques, ocean swimming, paddleboarding and lifesaving skills. All participants must have strong swimming skills.
North, South and West Maui districts have specific registration dates on April 16 and 23 at the Kokua Pool in Kahului, and Lahaina Aquatic Center, from 8 a.m. to noon. Applicants will be able to sign up for any district at both locations.
There will be two week-long sessions running this summer for these districts. Session I runs from June 13 to 24 and Session II runs from June 27 to July 8. Both sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m daily.
Each session is limited to 15 participants. Applications for the various districts can be picked up at any Maui County pool, any county beach lifeguard tower or online at www.mauicounty.gov.
If at all possible, participating families are asked to make a suggested donation of $20 to cover the cost of a uniform and registration fee. Cash or checks are accepted. Checks should be made payable to the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association-Maui Chapter. This fee is not required for students to participate in the program.
For more information, contact Ocean Safety Training Capt. Kekai Brown at 270-6140.