Registration opens for North Myrtle Beach junior lifeguard program

(Photo: City of North Myrtle Beach Facebook page)

Registration is now open for the seventh annual North Myrtle Beach Ocean Rescue Junior Lifeguard Program.

According to a post on the City of North Myrtle Beach Facebook page, the program will run from June 12 through June 22.

The program is geared toward children between the ages of 10 and 15, and can often lead to participants going on to become seasonal lifeguards after reaching age 16.

North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department sponsors the program and Beach Patrol Officers conduct the training.

Over the course of the program, participants are taught fun physical exercises, as well as lifesaving skills.

The June 12-22 classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily on the beach at 7th Avenue South, with the exception of June 15 when participants will meet at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for CPR and first aid training.

Anyone interested in participating will be required to take a basic swim test on June 10 at 3 p.m. at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center.

The test will include a 100-yard swim without a life jacket to display swimming competency.

After successful completion of the program, participants will have the opportunity to shadow experienced ocean lifeguards.

To register for the program, drop by the city's Beach Services warehouse at the corner of 6th Avenue South and Bay Street in North Myrtle Beach. You can call ahead at 843-280-5684.

For more information, contact Beach Patrol Officer May Lauzon at 843-503-3086 or via email at

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