The Junior Lifeguard Program is a two-week program offered to youth, ages 9 to 17. Training is held at Fort Lauderdale Beach and the Aquatic Complex pool, located at 501 Seabreeze Boulevard. Class times are 9:00 am to 11:30 am ( with drop off beginning at 8:30 am. and pick up at noon.)
Registration will be open from 10:00 am to noon Saturday, April 29th. At this time parents can come to the Hall of Fame Pool and register their children, try on uniforms, and get answers to any questions that they may have. The cost is $150 per session. Registration, which is on a first-come, first-served basis, is limited to 50 participants.
The 2017 Junior Lifeguard Program Session Dates are:
- Session 1: June 19 - June 30
- Week of July 4 - No class.
- Session 2: July 10 – July 21
Since 1985, the goal of the program has been to teach ocean safety skills. Training activities are consistent with ocean lifeguard requirements, including running, swimming, paddleboard use, kayak paddling, rescue buoy technique, shallow-water entry and surf dash approach training. Recreational activities, such as volleyball, kickball, dodge ball, snorkeling, and beach flags, are also a part of the program.
The basic requirements for participation in the FLOR Junior Lifeguard Program are as follows:
- Ability to swim 100 yards in under or around two minutes.
- Ability to tread water for a minimum of five minutes.
- Ability to swim continuously 25 feet under water.
There will be Regional, State, and National Junior Lifeguard Tournaments. Dates are located on the USLA Website.
For more information about the FLOR Junior Lifeguard Program or the above competitions, please call our office 954-828-4595, or Crystal Haire at Chaire@fortlauderdale.gov.