• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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Junior Lifeguards

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Welcome to Gulf Islands National Seashore's (GUIS) Junior Lifeguard Program. This program is designed with three primary goals in mind: First, to promote beach safety and awareness of local area beaches. Secondly, to educate young men and women in the role the professional lifeguard, physical fitness, team building, CPR and First Aid. Thirdly, to encourage both young men and women who complete this course to one day pursue a lifeguard certification and return as open water lifeguards.

The training Junior Lifeguards will go through will be similar to the training our lifeguards go through. This training is not easy and is intended to be physically and mentally demanding. When Junior Lifeguards complete their training they will have a better understanding of the open water environment and what it means to be an open water lifeguard at Gulf Islands NS.

Cadet Lifeguard

Ages15-16

Welcome to Gulf Islands National Seashore's (GUIS) Cadet Lifeguard Program. This program is designed with three primary goals in mind: First, to teach Cadet Lifeguards what it means to be a Professional Lifeguard today. Secondly, to challenge Cadet Lifeguards physically and mentally so they will be better equipped to one day work as open water lifeguards. Thirdly, to mentor the young men and women who take this course to be positive role models for our community.

The training Cadets Lifeguards go through will be the same training our lifeguards go through prior to working park beaches. This training will be both physically and mentally challenging. At the end of the week Cadet Lifeguards will go through a physical challenge, and a skills and written test. When Cadet Lifeguards finish this open water course they will have a better understanding of the open water environment and what it means to work as an open water lifeguard at Gulf Islands NS.

Program Requirements

*If your child has not participated in the GUIS Junior Lifeguard Program they can still participate in the Cadet program, contact John Hunter at 850-916-5634 for more information.

Entry Requirements

·Must possess current Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certification through the American Red Cross or equivalent organization. All certifications must be good through August 2012.

· Must pass the required physical test - 500 yard swim non-stop and a 1 mile run.

Course Requirements

· Cadet Lifeguards will report in full uniform each day

· Must complete the Open Water Lifeguard Course in its entirety,

· Must successfully pass the written and skills test

· Act at a Team Leader during one of the Junior Lifeguard Sessions

· Must successfully complete 5 tower visits completing the assigned objectives

Trainee Program

Ages 16-17

Contact John Hunter for more information.

Junior Lifeguard

Ages 12-15

Session I:

June 25-29

Session II:

July 16-20

Session III:

July 30 - Aug 03

Cost: $100.00 - $150.00

Did You Know?

Geronimo

In the 1880s, Geronimo and other members of the Chiricahua-Apache tribe were prisoners at Fort Pickens located at Gulf Islands National Seashore.