City to offer new Junior Lifeguard program; starts Wednesday, May 7

Registration for the upcoming Junior Lifeguard program is underway at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Registration for the upcoming Junior Lifeguard program is underway at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Deb Radolla, manager of active living with the city, said one of her department’s goals this year was to create the program in order to grow its base of lifeguards over the next few years.

“Participants could become staff members when they turn 16,” Radolla said.

The program’s instructor, Kendra Freeland, has a wealth of experience working with youth and is excited to launch the program, Radolla said.

Participants in the program will work toward their Rookie, Ranger and Star Patrol Awards from the Canadian Lifesaving Society.

Participants should also be able to swim one length of the pool and tread water for one minute.

“The Junior Lifeguard Club is a place to build on swimming skills, learn the basics of personal safety, first aid and aquatic rescue, while having fun with new friends,” Radolla said.

The program runs Wednesday from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. beginning May 7 and running until June 25. The cost of the program is $45, which includes pool time, award stickers, coaching and training for eight weeks.

The program takes place at the Sam Ketcham Memorial Pool.

For more information call the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex at 250-398-7665.