Youths between 9 and 15 can enjoy beach activities while learning lifesaving techniques during Volusia County’s Junior Lifeguard Program. Tryouts for the popular summer camps begin May 6.
Professional lifeguards will offer participants a chance to learn about water safety and first-aid techniques during week-long camps in June and July. Junior lifeguards will also take part in daily team relays involving surfboard paddling, swimming, running and beach flags.
According to Beach Safety Director Ray Manchester, the camps can help to build self-confidence and prepare participants for work as lifeguards.
The Junior Lifeguard Program is not a “learn to swim” program. To qualify, junior lifeguards must be able to swim 100 yards within two minutes and 15 seconds, tread water for five minutes, and swim under water 10 feet.
Must pass a physical skills test, which will be offered on Saturdays at these locations:
•Port Orange YMCA, 4701 City Center Parkway, Port Orange: 8 to 10 a.m. May 6, 8 to 10 a.m. May 13, and 2 to 4 p.m. May 27
•DeLand YMCA, 761 International Speedway Blvd., DeLand: 2 to 4 p.m. May 6 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 27
•Deltona YMCA, 280 Wolf Pack Run, Deltona: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 6
•Ormond Beach YMCA, 500 Sterthaus Drive, Ormond Beach: 2 to 4 p.m. May 13 and 8 to 10 a.m. May 20
•Southeast Volusia YMCA, 148 W. Turgot Ave., Edgewater: 2 to 4 p.m. May 20 and 8 to 10 a.m. May 27
•Cypress Aquatic Center, 981 George W Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 10 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17
Candidates may register for the summer camps after passing the physical skills test. Registration can be completed at www.volusia.org/beach.
Returning junior lifeguards do not have to take the physical skills test and may register at any time.
Tuition is due upon registration. The cost for a one-week camp is $150.
Junior Lifeguard camps will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at these locations:
•Andy Romano Beachfront Park, 839 S. Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach: June 12 to 16 and July 10 to 14
•Frank Rendon Park, 2705 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores: June 19 to 23 and July 17 to 21
•Flagler Avenue Lifeguard Station, 291 Buenos Aires Ave., New Smyrna Beach: June 26 to June 30
An advanced camp will be offered from July 24 to 28 at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Point Park, 5000 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet. This camp is for youths interested in learning advanced skills in stand-up paddle board, surf instruction and competition. Professional training in CPR and first aid also is provided.
Field trips to the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and the Marine Science Center are included in the $200 fee. Applicants must have completed three junior camps.
For more information, contact Beach Safety Ocean Rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-547-0246.