Maui County’s Jr. Lifeguard Program is accepting applications from students ages 13 to 17; younger applicants must make the age requirement by May 2016.
Registration dates for North, South and West Maui districts are April 16 and 23 at the Kokua Pool in Kahului and the Lahaina Aquatic Center, from 8am to noon. Applicants will be able to sign up for any district at both locations.
There will be two week-long sessions this summer for the North, South and West Maui districts; Session I runs from June 13 to June 24 and Session II runs from June 27 to July 8. Both sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m daily. Each session is limited to 15 participants. Jr. Lifeguard applications can be picked up at any Maui County pool, any county beach lifeguard tower or online at Mauicounty.gov.
Hana district registration has no deadline and will remain open until all 15 participant spots are filled. Registration forms are available at the Department of Parks & Recreation Hana Office, the Hana Youth Center or from the county website. Hana will hold one training session, from June 6 to 10, from 9am 3pm daily, at Hana Bay.
Molokai district registration also has no deadline and will remain open until all 24 participant spots are filled. Registration forms can be picked up at the Cooke Memorial Pool, the Department of Parks & Recreation Molokai Office or from the county website. Molokai will have one training session, held from June 6 to June 10, from 9am to 3pm daily at Kaunakakai Beach.
Lanai district registration deadline is May 18th and registration is limited to 15 participants. Registration forms are available at the Department of Parks & Recreation Lanai Office, at Cooke Memorial Pool or from the county website. Lanai will have one training session, held from June 6 to June 10, from 9am to 3pm daily at Hulopo`e Bay.
Space is limited in each district and all students must complete a 300-yard non-stop swim test within 11 minutes in order to participate. A parent or legal guardian must be present during registration and the swim test. A contact phone number and email address is required for each participant.
Each district training session is a five day course which will familiarize students with water safety skills. It includes an introduction to CPR, first aid, surf rescue techniques, ocean swimming, paddle boarding and lifesaving skills. All participants must have strong swimming skills.
Participating families are asked to make a suggested donation of $20 to cover the cost of a uniform and registration fee. Cash or checks are accepted. Checks should be made payable to the “Hawaiian Lifeguard Association–Maui Chapter.” This fee is only suggested for students to participate.
For more information contact Ocean Safety Training Captain Kekai Brown, at 808-270-6140 or by email: [email protected]
Photo courtesy County of Maui