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Maui's top junior lifeguards compete at State Championships

(L-R) Ariel Martin, Lia Matsunaga, Malia Preza, Lindsey Ranks, Kyle Sullivan (L-R) Ariel Martin, Lia Matsunaga, Malia Preza, Lindsey Ranks, Kyle Sullivan
(R-L) Alden Simmer, John Van Scoy, Tyler Armijo, Kevin Hanscam, AJ Obrero (R-L) Alden Simmer, John Van Scoy, Tyler Armijo, Kevin Hanscam, AJ Obrero

WAILUKU, Maui (KHNL) - Twenty-six of Maui's top junior lifeguards earned a spot in the Hawaii State Junior Lifeguard Championship that was held at Ala Moana Beach Park on August 2.

The Maui County team placed 5th overall and competed in two age groups, 13-14 years and 15-17 years.

The events were based on those used in actual lifeguard certification, including a 1000-meter run, a 200-meter swim and a paddleboard relay.

The program is an American Red Cross-sponsored lifeguard training course that offers students certification in lifeguard training. Aquatics officials say this program gives youth substantial knowledge about Hawaii's unique ocean conditions and marine environment.

"The ocean conditions in Hawaii are different from anywhere else in the world," said Brad Quinto, a junior lifeguard instructor and ocean safety officer. "We teach the kids how to be safe in the ocean and to be custodians of the sea so that their generation and the next can enjoy it in the future.

A total of 86 youth registered for the ocean section of the Junior Lifeguard program and 45 registered for the pool section.

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