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Registration opens for California State Parks Jr. Lifeguard Program

Registration is now open for the California State Parks Jr. Lifeguard Program. The Jr. Lifeguard Program is a two-week recreational and educational summer program for kids aged eight to 15.

The two-week session will be held June 17 through June 28 at Lake Perris. Sessions are held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

First-time participants must attend a swim competency test on Saturday, May 11, at noon at Lake Perris SRA. Participants who reside in Canyon Lake can try out through the Canyon Lake Enrichment Activities and Recreation (C.L.E.A.R.) Foundation on Saturday, April 20, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the lodge pool.

Participants must be able to swim 100 yards in under three minutes and tread water for two minutes. This program does not teach swimming. It is for competent swimmers to enhance their aquatic skills and learn the fundamentals of lifeguarding. Those who meet the qualifications will be invited to participate in the program.

The California State Parks Jr. Lifeguard Program teaches kids the basics of first aid and CPR, aquatic safety, various water rescue techniques, and the natural and cultural resources the California State Parks system offers.

The program emphasizes teamwork, leadership, and aquatic safety while introducing young people to safe marine and aquatic recreation opportunities. The program is designed to provide quality water safety education while improving young people’s physical conditioning, their understanding and respect for the environment, and their respect for themselves, their parents, and their peers. Students of all abilities and skill levels may participate.

Enrollment for the two-week session of the Jr. Lifeguard Program is $260, with a $20 discount for siblings. A rash guard and patch are included. For more information, click here.

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