The Orange Beach Fire Department’s Surf Rescue squad will offer two Junior Lifeguard Program sessions in the Summer of 2019.
The first session will be held June 10-14 for ages 9 to 11, and the second session will be offered June 24-28 for ages 12 to 15. The daily hours of each session will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and participants should bring running shoes, a swimsuit, a towel, a lunch and snacks daily.
The cost is $125 and checks should be made payable to Orange Beach Fire Department. Sign up and payment must be completed at the Orange Beach Aquatics Center. Registration is limited to first come, first serve.
Participants will learn vital skills in all areas of water rescue. Students will be instructed in the use of swim fins, rescue boards, rescue tubes, surf entry and porpoising. Additionally, they will learn the necessary techniques to perform safe open-water rescues. Students will learn CPR and first-aid to further emphasize safety and promote self-confidence.
Instructors will cover how rip currents are formed and how to identify them along the beach. Students will learn how to escape if caught in a rip current.
Physical training will be conducted daily and will consist of open-water swims, run-swim-runs, tube drags, and conditioning runs. The results of the physical training improve self-confidence and stronger swimming skills. Participants will also be given daily tasks to be completed as a group in order to teach teamwork and unity.
The Orange Beach Aquatics Center is at 4853 Wilson Blvd., off Canal Road.