Junior lifeguards compete in annual races

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Participants of the Sea Isle City Beach Patrol’s 2014 Junior Lifeguard Program run into the ocean during a training exercise on July 22. Participants of the Sea Isle City Beach Patrol’s 2014 Junior Lifeguard Program run into the ocean during a training exercise on July 22.

SEA ISLE CITY – Junior lifeguards from beach patrols in Upper Township, Ocean City and Sea Isle City competed in the annual Junior Lifeguard Races on Thursday, Aug. 7.

Each summer, many beach patrols in South Jersey host junior lifeguard programs to introduce basic lifesaving skills and rescue techniques as an educational and physical training foundation for prospective beach patrol employees. Participants are introduced to the principles of surf bashing (surf dashing), swimming, running, paddling and rowing as well as the techniques of water rescue and beach management appropriate to their ages and skill levels.

 

Those sixteen or older may be selected for employment upon graduating the program in August. This year, four of Sea Isle City’s junior lifeguard candidates met the qualification standards in the 500-meter swim and 1-mile run, and therefore gained employment with the SICBP for the remainder of the summer.

The Sea Isle City Beach Patrol hosted this year’s Junior Lifeguard Races on the 44th Street Beach, where young athletes from Upper Township’s, Ocean City’s and Sea Isle’s Beach Patrols competed in sprinting, paddle boarding, kayaking, running, surf bashing, surf rescue and rowing events. In the end, following a luncheon barbecue for all of the teens, Sea Isle City’s White Team was declared the day’s overall winner. 

SICBP Lt. Dave Stearne said each of the beach patrol’s that sponsor a Junior Lifeguard Program are winners, because that effort cultivates future lifeguards and helps each organization prepare for the years to come. 

“The Junior Lifeguard Race is an important event because, in practical terms, everything in lifeguarding is a race in order to save lives,” Stearne said.

“Moreover, time is of the essence in maintaining the quality of life for a drowning victim – and that’s where the Junior Lifeguard Race format fits in.”

 

Several participants of the Sea Isle City Bach Patrol’s 2014 Junior Lifeguard Program are shown at the start of the start of the three-week camp, which trains prospective lifeguards. Several participants of the Sea Isle City Bach Patrol’s 2014 Junior Lifeguard Program are shown at the start of the start of the three-week camp, which trains prospective lifeguards.

 

Upper Township Beach Patrol junior lifeguards Grace Conallen, of Strathmere, (left) and Brooke Handley, of Tuckahoe, are shown after winning the sprint doubles rowing competition during the Junior Lifeguard Races. Upper Township Beach Patrol junior lifeguards Grace Conallen, of Strathmere, (left) and Brooke Handley, of Tuckahoe, are shown after winning the sprint doubles rowing competition during the Junior Lifeguard Races.

 

Joe Delgrande, 16, of Egg Harbor Township, Sean Geary, 14, of Sea Isle City, Peggy Gorman, 14, of Sea Isle City, Andrew White, 14, of Sea Isle City, and Derrick Kennedy, 14, of Sea Isle City, are shown after winning the paddleboard competition. Joe Delgrande, 16, of Egg Harbor Township, Sean Geary, 14, of Sea Isle City, Peggy Gorman, 14, of Sea Isle City, Andrew White, 14, of Sea Isle City, and Derrick Kennedy, 14, of Sea Isle City, are shown after winning the paddleboard competition.

 

Several of the Sea Isle City Beach Patrol junior lifeguards who won the kayak and swim competitions during the 2014 Junior Lifeguard Races (from left) Brandon Draggoo, 14, of Alloway, Kieran Glowacki, of Sea Isle City, Sean Geary, 14, of Sea Isle City, Catherine Wilson, 15, of Moorestown, and Conor Sears, of Holland, Pa. Several of the Sea Isle City Beach Patrol junior lifeguards who won the kayak and swim competitions during the 2014 Junior Lifeguard Races (from left) Brandon Draggoo, 14, of Alloway, Kieran Glowacki, of Sea Isle City, Sean Geary, 14, of Sea Isle City, Catherine Wilson, 15, of Moorestown, and Conor Sears, of Holland, Pa.

 

Upper Township Beach Patrol junior lifeguards Jacob Davis, of Upper Township, Matt McHale, of Woodbine, and Meredith Steele, of Upper Township, won the 800-meter relay run. Upper Township Beach Patrol junior lifeguards Jacob Davis, of Upper Township, Matt McHale, of Woodbine, and Meredith Steele, of Upper Township, won the 800-meter relay run.

 

 Shown (from left) are Grace Steele, Dan Mulraney, Tristian Metz, Jacob Davis, Jared Schiavone, Peter Horowitz and Rebecca Millar, all participants of the Upper Township Beach Patrol’s Junior Lifeguard Program, who won the surf dashing competition. Missing from photo is Calen Connel. Shown (from left) are Grace Steele, Dan Mulraney, Tristian Metz, Jacob Davis, Jared Schiavone, Peter Horowitz and Rebecca Millar, all participants of the Upper Township Beach Patrol’s Junior Lifeguard Program, who won the surf dashing competition. Missing from photo is Calen Connel.


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