Daytona Beach, FL - Volusia County Beach Safety is offering its Junior Lifeguard Program again this summer. Enhanced safety measures will be taken to comply with CDC guidelines and social distancing.
The program is for children ages nine through 15. It begins on June 8 and runs weekly through the end of July. The kids will get to enjoy beach activities while learning lifesaving techniques. During the week-long camp, the children will work with professional lifeguards to learn about water safety and first-aid techniques. They will also take part in daily team relays involving surfboard paddling, swimming, running, and beach flags.
Volusia Beach Safety says this is not a learn to swim program. To qualify, junior lifeguards must be able to swim 100 yards in under two minutes and 15 seconds, tread water for five minutes, and swim underwater ten feet.
Tryouts take place this Saturday, May 23, and next, May 30. Each day there are two places you can go to. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. tryouts are in Edgewater at the Southeast Volusia YMCA. From 1 until 3 p.m., tryouts are in Ormond Beach at the Ormond Beach YMCA.
If by some chance, your child can't make the scheduled tryouts, a limited number of slots are available for try-out at the ocean on Monday mornings of camp. To reserve a Monday morning tryout, email email@example.com and include the desired camp date.
Children can get registered for the summer camps after passing the skills test. You can complete the registration at volusia.org/beach. The cost for a one-week camp is $150 and is due at registration.
Measures taken to mitigate any risks include splitting campers into smaller groups, temperature checks, discontinuation of community water jugs in favor of individual bottles, staggered lunch breaks, and safety checks.