Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Junior Lifeguard Program Again This Summer

COURTESY OF THE CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE

EASTHAM – The Cape Cod National Seashore has announced they will once again offer their Junior Lifeguard Program for boys and girls ages 13 to 17 this summer season.

Approximately 18 applicants will be selected to join the program. Participants will be instructed by National Park Service lifeguards in CPR/AED, first aid, and lifeguard training.

Those who will be 15 years old or older before the end of the program and who satisfactorily complete all requirements will additionally receive American Red Cross certifications in the training areas.

The program begins on Thursday, July 5th and runs through Thursday, August 9th.

Participants meet at Marconi Beach on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday each week, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participation is free, but contingent upon satisfactory completion of a 1/3 mile open ocean swim followed immediately by a 1/2 mile run at Marconi Beach on the first day of the program.

Water temperatures at Marconi Beach are usually near 55 degrees (F) in early July, and the use of wetsuits will not be allowed for the initial swim-run.

The program is meant to promote water safety and provide job-specific training on Cape Cod by reaching out to area youth. Past junior lifeguards currently work as ocean lifeguards for the seashore and several towns on Cape Cod.

All applicants must contact Gordon Miller, North District Head Lifeguard at (508) 487-2100 ext.0923 or gordon_miller@nps.gov to schedule a pre-course interview and register for the program.

By JOHN BONDAREK, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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