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Published on : Friday, June 3, 2016
To inspire Hawai‘i’s next generation of watermen and waterwomen and help improve water safety statewide, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) has teamed up with certified lifeguards on the counties of O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui, and Hawai‘i Island to offer the Junior Lifeguard Program.
The Junior Lifeguard Program teaches Hawai‘i youths essential ocean safety skills, helps build their confidence and promotes the value of protecting and preserving ocean resources. Many graduates of the program have put their training into life-saving action, rescuing people who have gotten into trouble in Hawai‘i’s waters. Many of Hawai‘i’s professional lifeguards decided to make it their career after completing the junior lifeguard program.
George D. Szigeti, HTA President and CEO said, “The safety of residents and visitors is our number one priority, which is why we are supporting the Junior Lifeguard Program and wanting to see it flourish on all islands. Hawai‘i’s lifeguards are the best in the world. By teaching the youths of today, this will help ensure their water safety skills and knowledge is carried forth for generations to come.
” HTA is funding the program with $200,000, which pays for the instructors and equipment, such as tubes, surfboards and tents, to operate the program statewide this summer. The funds are being managed by the North Shore Lifeguard Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with disbursements being made to lifeguard groups operating the program in each county.
Source:- Hawaii Tourism Authority