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BEACH ALERT JR LIFEGUARD CAMPS

Beach Alert Jr. Lifeguard Camps teach young lifesavers the skills they need to stay safe and respond to an aquatic emergency while focusing on on fun, fitness, first aid, water safety, and leadership. 

 Beach Alert camps train Jr. Lifesavers prepares participants in three different environments:

1.first aid emergencies on land

2. water rescues in pools

3. safety on the beach and in the ocean.

This dynamic gives provides exposure to the all the elements of lifesaving and introduces to the fundamentals of real world lifesaving.

The  drills the camps use to introduce lifeguard skills include  hand signals and other forms of communication, rescue drills, and the use of specialized equipment.  The specialised equipment includes the use of paddleboards,rowboats, kayaks, rescue cans and real life first aid supplies. Through relay races and simulated rescue, Beach Alert participants have fun as they learn.

The Beach Alert program is an excellent introduction to basic skills if your child is preparing for Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross and eventually working towards their National Lifeguards Award

As a program recognized by the Vancouver Park Board, your child can get an edge on the competition for future jobs with Cities by boosting their resume with the Beach Alert Program.

Courses run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. weekday mornings, with one week session.

Pick up and drop off at Kits Yacht Club (Link: 2401 Point Grey Rd.).

Cost for one week is $150 per child, and includes a Beach Alert t-shirt along with registration in an exciting Jr. Lifeguard Competition.

The competition will take place at the end of the summer, and will give each participant the chance to show off what they have learned, and also to experience the thrill of competing in fitness and first aid events. Certificates will also be awarded at the competition!

BASIC PROGRAM

For ages 9-15.*

The classic camp — for first time participants and those who are still learning the basic skills like eggbeater, sculling, entries, paddling, and rowing.

Through fun and games, participants learn one first aid skill per day, practice basic skills in the pool, play Beach Flags, and become comfortable with the equipment.

ADVANCED PROGRAM

For children aged 12 and older who are experienced with the Beach Alert Program or who have successfully completed at least a Bronze Medallion.*

This more challenging camp has a greater focus on simulated rescue in different environments, adapting the rescue ladder approach to the real world, and underwater searches.

* For both the Basic and Advanced programs, participants must be able to swim at least two lengths of a normal-sized pool (50m) and tread water for at least one minute.