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Junior Lifeguard Program registration starts May 1

The Maui County Department of Parks and Recreation will begin registration for the 2010 Jr. Lifeguard Program on May 1, 2010.

The two-week program was designed to train boys and girls in lifesaving water skills and to develop an awareness of beach hazards and ocean conditions. Both pool and ocean programs will be offered with sessions set for June 14-25 and July 12-23, with classes to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Photo by Wendy Osher.

Participants will become familiar with First Aid and CPR techniques, while improving their health and fitness.

To qualify for the beach program, registrants must be 13 to 17 years of age and be able to swim 400 yards in 12 minutes. To qualify for the pool program, registrants must be 11 to 17 years of age and swim 100 yards in three minutes.

The beach program will be held at north, south and west district locations, as well as in Hana and on Lanai. The pool program will be offered at the Kahului Pool and Kihei Pool.

Registration will take place May 1st and 8th  from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Hanakaoo Beach Park, Kamaole I Beach Park and Baldwin Beach Park; and on May 3rd from 2 to 4 p.m. at Kihei Aquatic Center and the Kahului Pool.

The Lanai 2010 Jr. Lifeguard Program runs June 21-25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hulopoe Beach Park. Those interested should call Veronica Del Rosario at the County’s Parks and Recreation Department at 565-6979. Registration begins May 3rd.

The Hana 2010 Jr. Lifeguard Program runs July 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hana Bay. Those interested should call Stanley Akoi at the County’s Parks and Recreation Department at 248-7022. Registration begins May 3rd.

For all programs, there is a $15 suggested donation, payable by check to “Hawaiian Lifeguard Association – Maui Chapter.”

For more information contact Fran Yamamoto at the County’s Department of Parks and Recreation at (808) 270-7138.