Hundreds of kids flock to La Jolla for Junior Lifeguard Program swim event
Hundreds of kids and teens hit the beach today for the Junior Lifeguard Program‘s annual swim event. Ed Lenderman was live to check it out.
As part of the City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s (SDFD) Junior Lifeguard Program, the annual La Jolla Shores swim takes place on Monday, June 25, 2018. All junior lifeguards participate in the 500 meter swim which is one of many activities of the program.
“The Junior Lifeguard Program is one of the most popular summer programs in our city,” said Interim Fire-Rescue Chief Kevin Ester. “The junior lifeguards learn valuable skills and often return year after year because it’s such a fun and rewarding experience. Many junior lifeguards eventually become lifeguards.”
The Junior Lifeguard Program, one of many youth programs offered by SDFD, is in its third decade. The program provides youth ages seven to 17 the opportunity to learn and participate in: first aid and CPR, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, body surfing/body boarding, standup paddle boarding, beach games, water rescue techniques, the importance of physical fitness and they learn techniques to improve their swimming skills. Junior lifeguards learn from professional lifeguards who provide a fun and safe aquatic education. The junior lifeguards also participate in team-building activities and learn skills like communication, compassion and a respect for the ocean and coastal environment. The program’s motto is “skills for life.”
The Junior Lifeguard Program takes place each summer and includes two sessions. This year’s first session dates are June 18 – July 13 and the second session dates are July 23 – August 17. The camp is based at the Santa Clara Recreation Center and activities take place at a variety of San Diego City beaches.