Junior lifeguards invited to camp

Article Published: Jun. 17, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

University Recreation (UREC) at Appalachian invites area seventh- through ninth-graders to dive in next week, literally.

Guard Start, the junior lifeguard program, kicks off its third week of day camp June 21-25, and it's not too late to sign up, UREC director Joe Carter said.

"It's the opportunity for juniors to come in and see what it takes to be a full-fledged lifeguard," he said.

The program, recognized by National Aquatics, comes at a good time. Just last week there was a drowning in Winston-Salem, and water safety education can go along way toward drowning prevention.

"I'm sure you've heard ... it doesn't have to be more than a teaspoon of water to drown," Carter said.

Carter remembers when public institution employees in North Carolina had to take a swim test or a beginner swim class for employment. It's a practice that, while no longer required, makes sense.

"With as much water we have in and around our state, it's prudent that individuals know how to swim or survive in water," he said.

And, knowing what to do goes a long way, even if you never sit in the lifeguard seat. Carter recommends the program for anyone interested in babysitting or a career with children.

UREC, the "playground for the ASU student body," according to Carter, organizes intramural and club sports on campus, fitness classes, the outdoor adventure program and more. Each summer the program hires more than 700 students, giving them an opportunity to work with different age groups and give back to the community.

For more information, or to sign up, visit (828) 262-2100.

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