Some local officials report a shortage of certified lifeguards in the Golden Isles available to hire. A new program offered at the Golden Isles YMCA aims to increase the number of local youth trained to be lifeguards, as well as promote water safety among students.

The Y hosted its first Junior Lifeguard program last week for students ages 11-14. Two campers participated in the pilot program, held during Glynn County Schools’ spring break.

The program will be offered again this summer, during one week in June and another in July.

The camp used the American Red Cross curriculum. Students do not receive an American Red Cross certificate when they complete the camp, but they are then allowed to begin gaining volunteer experience at the Golden Isles YMCA.

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