Last Call - Register Now For January 23 - March 13 North Myrtle Beach Ocean Rescue Junior Lifeguard Program

Last call to register for the city's January 23-March 13Ocean Rescue Junior Lifeguard program. All classes are at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center.

The program focuses on people ages 10-15 who enjoy the beach and ocean, and who would like to develop ocean lifeguard skills. For successful participants, the program can also offer a path to eventual seasonal employment as one of the city's Ocean Lifeguards (age 16-plus).

The North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department sponsors the program and Beach Patrol Officers teach the classes. Several trained and experienced Ocean Lifeguards also assist in teaching the program.

Participants engage in fun physical exercises that encourage them to work in teams, build confidence, and learn lifesaving skills.


Pretest - January 20, 3:00 p.m. 
Pretest at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center. Those who have not previously completed the program and do not participate on a swim team will perform a 50-yard (two laps in the pool) swim test. Participants do not have to be fast swimmers but they must demonstrate that they are comfortable in the water in order to ensure a safe and fun learning environment.

ALL LESSONS 6:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

Lesson 1 - January 23
Welcome and Orientation, Recognizing Emergencies, Victim Recognition, Lifeguard
Lesson 2 - January 25
Knowing your Environment, RID Factor, Surveillance and Scanning, Throwing Assists
Lesson 3 - January 30
General Procedures, Entering the Water, Entries and Approaches
Lesson 4 - February 1
Procedures for an Emergency, Primary Assessment
Lesson 5 - February 6
Emergency Action Plan, Rescues at or Near the Surface
Lesson 6 - February 8
Educating Others, Conflict Resolution, FIND Model, Injury Prevention, Submerged Victim Shallow Water
Lesson 7 - February 13
Walking Assist, Two Person Removal from Water, Escapes
Lesson 8 - February 15
Conscious Choking, Ventilations, Unconscious Choking
Lesson 9 - February 20
The Cardiac Chain, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, Using an Automated External Defibrillator
Lesson 10 - February 22
Facility Safety Check, Preparation for Shadowing, Currents
Lesson 11 - February 27
Handling Difficult Situations, Aquatic Hazards
Lesson 12 - March 1
First Aid, Secondary Assessment
Lesson 13 - March 6
Head, Neck and Back Injuries
Lesson 14 - March 8
Survival Floating, Preparation for Shadowing, Skills Review
Lesson 15 - March 13
Course Review, Written Assessment, Final Skills

The cost for the program is $25, which includes a backpack, rash-guard swim shirt, and a Junior Lifeguard manual.

Register for the Junior Lifeguard Program at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center, 1100 2nd Avenue South.

To learn more about the program, call Lifeguard Coordinator May Lauzon at (843) 503-3086.

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