By Elena Epstein
The Los Angeles County Junior Lifeguard Program will resume this summer with COVID-19 safety protocols. Registration for new applicants will begin April 1.
The program, offered through the Los County Fire Department, is designed for children ages 9 through 17 in Los Angeles County with a focus to teaching water safety, swimming, body surfing, surfing, physical conditioning, competition skills, first aid, lifesaving rescue techniques, CPR, and use of professional lifesaving equipment.
Safety precautions include:
- Reducing the student-to-instructor ratio of 20:1 which will allow for 3,100 participants, compared to previous pre-pandemic programs which allowed for up to 4,300 participants with a 30:1 ratio.
- Requiring and enforcing instructors and students to wear face coverings at all times, except during swimming and eating/drinking.
- Maintaining physical distancing of a minimum of six feet as well reminding participants on best practices to prevent infection and promote proper hygiene.
- Performing health and temperature screenings of instructors and participants at the start of each day.
Returning participants can expect to receive an e-mail from the Junior Lifeguard Program to begin registration starting today. New applications will be available through the LA County Fire Department website starting Thursday, April 1, 2021.
For more information visit fire.lacounty.gov