During the fourth weekend, the Smith Point Junior Lifeguard program’s goal is to educate our Suffolk County Patrons and youth about ocean safety. Through ocean training, interaction and exploration, the Smith Point Junior Lifeguards gain: development of confidence, mental and physical fitness and respect for one another and the coastal environment.
9:45 AM; waiver
10:00 – 10:05 AM Introduction
10:05- 10:15 AM – 1/4 Mile Beach Run; Runners will race to a jetty and proceed back to the starting point where they will finish.
10:15 – 10:45 AM (double yoke) – one junior guard beach controls, one swimmer swims with a line, one swimmer swims with a belt, and one victim – lifeguard. Victim will be placed at a marker buoy approximately 20 meters from shore. The Junior guard must then secure the victim-lifeguard and maintain control of the victim during the entire pull by the beach control.
(Surfboard paddle) – each junior will get a chance to paddle out to the buoy line and back supervised by a lifeguards. (Noodle dash) – each junior will get a chance to practice ‘porpoise’ in the water. First porpoising without a rescue belt then porpoising with a rescue belt and lastly picking up a victim and leading to double yoke rescue.
Beach Flags; 10:45-10:55 AM
Tug-of-war; 10:55-11 AM
Special thanks to Chief Bob Kolar, Capt. Schmidt, Lifeguards A. Reilly, N. Matterm, S. Bernhardt, B. Howard, A. White, S. Ellis, A. Bohl, J. Cucinello, A. Cucinello, A. Raily and H. Wetherbee.
The best thing that was said by one of our junior lifeguards this past weekend was …”Nevie, do you know that lifeguards are super heroes? … because when someone is drowning they are there to save them.” – Max B., 5 –
This concludes our Junior Lifeguard Program for the 2021 season. Please check back in next year ~ March of 2022 for dates and location announcements… and remember, always swim near a lifeguard.