June 19, 1998

New Junior Lifeguard Program Splashes into San Diego

City Teens Find Fun, Fitness and Friends at New Program

Junior high and high-school aged teens looking for a great way to meet new friends, learn job skills and have a great time are invited to take part in the first ever S.P.L.A.S.H. (Summer Pool Lifeguard Aquatic Safety and Health) program sponsored by the City of San Diego's Park and Recreation Aquatics Division.

The SPLASH program begins June 22 and runs through July 30. SPLASH participants will meet at Kearney Mesa Pool Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Many who complete the program will receive Red Cross certifications in first aid, lifeguarding, CPR and Water Safety Instructor Aide.

Kristy Fraijo, Aquatics Manager explains that this program was developed to give kids ages 12 and up an important role in our community. She says, "Most of these kids are too old for day camp and too young to get summer jobs. SPLASH offers a great alternative to sitting at home during summer break. Daily activities will include fun fitness activities —in and out of the water— as well as life-guarding skills critical to obtaining a job at city pools in the future." There will be two field trips to the beach to meet and compete with the San Diego's Jr. Beach Lifeguards. Kids will also help raise funds to pay for an end of the summer water park trip.

The cost of the program is $175.00 for the entire six week session. For more information call Trisha Greene or Antwan Lopez at (619) 573-1389.