Junior Lifeguard Championships

HONOLULU (KHNL) - More than 200 junior lifeguards from around the state will be competing in the annual Junior Lifeguard Championships. It will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2008 from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the Ewa end of Ala Moana Beach Park.

The junior lifeguards will be competing in five events throughout the course of the day. The events include a 1,000-meter beach run, beach flags, run-swim-run, a paddleboard relay, and the 200-meter swim. Teams from Oahu's five program sites, and those from the neighbor islands, will be displaying their skills learned throughout the summer program. They will compete in individual and team events in two age divisions, 13-14 and 15-17.

"I think the popularity and success of the City's Junior Lifeguard Program speak volumes," said Elizabeth Char, MD, Honolulu Emergency Services Department Director. "For more than 15 years this program has not only been teaching the teens of Oahu about ocean safety, but giving them a safe and productive way to spend their summer."

"We are delighted that Oahu will be hosting this year's championships," said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. "It provides an opportunity for the participants to demonstrate their newly acquired skills and showcase why the Hawaii Junior Lifeguard Program is respected world-wide."

The City and County of Honolulu's Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division conducts the Junior Lifeguard Program with support from the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association.

There is no charge for the event and it is open to the public.