Sign up for Junior Lifeguard Program

Sign up for Junior Lifeguard Program

23 December 2005

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The Cape Cod National Seashore next summer will be offering a Junior Lifeguard Program, for boys and girls, age 12 to 15. 

The purpose of the program is to promote water safety on Cape Cod, by reaching out to area youth. 

In addition, junior lifeguards are often good candidates to fill paid senior lifeguard positions at the Seashore. 

The park currently has difficulty recruiting qualified lifeguards for the 50 paid lifeguard positions in the park.

Participants will be taught by National Park Service lifeguards in CPR, first aid, and lifeguard training. 

In addition, they will be trained in ocean lifeguard operations, rescue equipment, and rescue skills.

The program begins July 5, 2006, and runs through Aug. 11. Participants meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission isfree.

All potential candidates must complete a evaluation, consisting of a 400-yard swim, half-mile run, and interview.

 Each session begins with a daily workout on the beach. Approximately 12 applicants will be selected for theprogram.

In addition to formal lifeguard training, one session is dedicated to teaching the participants about natural, and cultural, resources in the park. 

Another session will be led by an interpretive ranger who will talk about various programs available in the park. 

A third session, will be conducted by a National Park Service wildland firefighter, to talk about various aspects of prescribed fire and the effects of fire on the landscape. 

A fourth session, conducted by the Coast Guard, will include a boat, patrol/tour of the park’s coastal environment.


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