Swimmers and lifeguards who want to improve their open-water rescue skills are encouraged to sign up for junior lifeguard trainings offered at Spring Lake Regional Park this summer.
Two of the programs are week-long camps, one with an ecology theme and the other focused on advanced lifeguarding.
Waterfront Lifeguarding - June 18
This one-day American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding Course helps participants develop the skills needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas at parks, resorts and campgrounds. Participants must be 15 or older. Fee: $110.
Planet Lifeguards (Environmental Junior Lifeguard Camp) - June 25–29
This is an introductory Junior Lifeguard Course with an emphasis on ecology and stewardship of public lands. Campers learn open water rescue skills while also exploring the park’s natural resources. The week-long camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and culminates with a 5-mile hike and swim at Lake Ilsanjo in Annadel State Park. Participants must be 9 or older. Fee: $180.
Advanced Junior Lifeguard Camp - July 30-Aug. 3
This exclusive advanced training camp is for graduates of basic lifeguard training and will take their skills to professional levels. This camp moves at a fast pace and is physically and mentally demanding. This training prepares participants for a Lifeguard in Training (LGIT) position and future career in emergency response. Participants must be 14 or older. Fee: $210.
For more information or to register, go to sonoma-county.org/parks/swimming.htm or call Regional Parks at 707-565-2041.