SWFD Junior Lifeguard Program kicks off June 30

June 4, 2009

swfdlifeguardlogoTry outs held June 8th and 13th at 10 a.m.

The South Walton Fire District Junior Life Guard Program kicks off the season on June 30 at Ed Walline Beach access. The swimming tryouts will be held at 10 a.m. on June 8 and 13.

The annual program is designed to demonstrate and teach water safety while enjoying the beach and gulf environment, promote and develop future lifeguards and foster good sportsmanship. And most importantly, to have fun while you learn.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 through Thursday, July 30, 2009, 5 weeks.
Program activities will be held, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Activities will commence daily with a team meeting at Ed Walline Beach Access at the south end of CR 393.

The South Walton Junior Lifeguard Program will be under the supervision of Gary Wise, South Walton Fire District Beach Safety Director, South Walton Fire District Professional Lifeguards, and volunteer family members of SWFD junior lifeguard members.
Boys and girls will be instructed in many aspects of beach and water safety and environmental topics.

Registration is limited. There is a swimming ability guideline that we would strongly encourage be met prior to participating in this program. All participants should be able to swim using proper freestyle form with correct breathing (face in the water) and stroke skills.

9 – 11 years old: must swim 100 yards FREESTYLE in 3 minutes or less
12 – 13 years old: must swim 150 yards FREESTYLE in 4 minutes or less
14 – 15 years old: must swim 200 yards FREESTYLE in 5 minutes or less
All Junior Lifeguards must tread water for a minimum of 1 minute

Physical Skills
● Warm up exercises, stretching
● Rescue board paddling, open water swimming
● Iron guard – run, swim, paddle, run
● Beach flags and running
● Kayak paddling, surfing, skim boarding, and boogie boarding
● Team relay races – rescue board, swimming, beach run, iron guard
● Rescue technique stations – rescue board, rescue buoy’s, kayak and landlines
● Snorkeling, scuba diving introduction

Educational Activities
● Understanding the Beach Safety flags
● Understanding rip currents and marine life
● Health – sun safety, health, nutrition
● Being a Lifesaver – what to do in a rescue – identify, notify, respond

Weather, environmental safety
● First Aid / CPR / AED
● Medical emergency competition – beach related case scenarios
● ATV (all terrain vehicle) and PWC (personal water craft) day
● Lifeguard for a day
$220 per child
Each additional child per family will be $200.
Each South Walton Fire District Junior Lifeguard participant will receive a bathing suit, t-shirt, rash vest and visor (included in the enrollment fee). Uniforms are to be worn during the Junior Lifeguard Program as a safety precaution. The enrollment fee also includes an end of season cookout and awards presentation.

The cost of lunch is not included in the enrollment fee. A lunch schedule will be provided each week and in efforts are to keep the lunch cost (including a drink) under $5 per child. Participants may bring their own lunch, or have it dropped off by their parents.

An end of season competition team will be able to compete at the United States Lifesaving Association Southeast Regional Junior Championship. This competition will be open to all SWFD Junior Lifeguard Program participants. All costs associated with this trip are not included in the entry fee.
For further information and to obtain an application, please email: Gary Wise, Beach Safety Director gwise@swfd.org All registrants MUST submit a registration form

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    1. I have 3 kids Spencer 10yrs, savannah 11yrs, Grant 13yrs to try out for junior life gaurd in June.

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