Seal Beach Jr. Lifeuard Program Offers a Great Experience For Your Kids
Were you ever a Junior Lifeguard? Being involved in something as important as a lifeguard’s job is not only important for learning water safety, but it can also be life changing.
For the past 28 years, the Seal Beach junior lifeguard program has been teaching kids from ages 9-17 about being a lifeguard and what it means for the community. Its first session of the summer kicked off on June 24th and each session runs from 9am- noon, five days a week and is seven weeks long.
Who runs the program?
Seal Beach Marine Safety Chief Joe Bailey oversees the program. Junior lifeguards get to work with current lifeguards and see what they go through each day.
What is one of the most important parts of the program?
It’s important for kids residing in a beach community to know what to look for if someone is in danger or drowning. Kids are also taught rescue strategies and how to stay safe in the water. Not only can children and young adults be a part of a great program like this, but they can also help out the actual lifeguards in spotting a potential drowning.
How many kids signed up for the first week?
There were over 300 kids that signed up for the program, with about 19 kids per instructor. All instructors are required at minimum to work the beach for an entire summer before they are allowed to instruct a junior lifeguard class. This allows for instructors to get a full summer's worth of experience that they can use in instructing a class.
One of the fun parts of the program
Towards the end of the program, the Seal Beach junior lifeguards team up with their neighboring junior lifeguards from Long Beach, Huntington Beach, and Los Angeles and all compete in a swimming competition.
Why should you consider signing your kid up for the Jr. Lifeguard program?
Not only can kids learn water safety, but it's a great way for them to be active and make new friends!
For more information of this program, visit the City of Seal Beach's website.