In partnership with California State Parks, the Canyon Lake Enrichment Activities and Recreation (C.L.E.A.R.) Foundation held Jr. Lifeguard tryouts on Sunday at Sunset Beach. More than 30 kids ages eight to 15 braved the chilly waters to try out for the California State Parks Jr. Lifeguard Program at Lake Perris this summer.
“We had a great turnout of 30 to 35 kids in cloudy weather,” said C.L.E.A.R. President Bradly Morton. “Seeing the kids and parents so excited as they interacted with the lifeguards just reinforces the need for a program like this in Canyon Lake. The members of our board are beyond thrilled with the interest and can’t wait for the next tryout date. We also want to thank the Canyon Lake Fire Department for stopping by to encourage the swimmers.”
Participants were required to swim 100 yards in under three minutes and tread water for two minutes. Their scores were recorded. Those who qualified will receive an email from California State Parks with an invitation to participate in the two-week summer Jr. Lifeguard Program at Lake Perris. The cost for each two-week session is $260, with a $20 discount for siblings.
The C.L.E.A.R. Foundation will be offering a limited number of sponsorships to those with financial hardship. “The C.L.E.A.R. Foundation is working to ensure that no Canyon Lake child is unable to attend due to the $260 camp cost,” Morton said.
Bus transportation to Lake Perris will be paid for by the City of Canyon Lake through ARPA funds.
A second tryout will be held on Sunday, May 22, at 10 a.m. at Sunset Beach for those who missed the first tryout. Spaces are limited.
For more information about the Jr. Lifeguard Program or the C.L.E.A.R. Foundation, email [email protected]
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