The Sarasota County Junior Lifeguard Program is looking to raise funds to purchase new sets of boards, belts, cans and cover repairs on a trailer that was donated five years ago. They would also like to provide financial coverage for campers looking to compete in the competitions by paying for USLA memberships and competition fees, as well as provide unique items specific to the competition (beanies, rashguards, shorts).
This program is like a crash course in Lifeguarding 101 and ends with a friendly competition that incorporates the team aspect of lifeguarding as well as individual skilled races (beach run, open water swim, open water paddle). It prepares campers who would like to participate in the yearly event hosted by the United States Lifesaving Association and is credited with taking dozens of competitors in recent years and bringing home a handful of medals in every age group. Junior Lifeguard Program Director, Rick Hinkson and Instructor, Stephanie Ganey head up this popular course.
Heading into its 6th year, Ganey said, “Our funds have pretty much dried up since the last fundraising drive so we’re looking for anyone who’s willing to help keep this program afloat with better, safer equipment and keep our trailer viable for transport and winter storage of our gear.”
Their goal is to raise $6,000. If you would like to donate, please go to GOFUNDME Page at: SRQ JUNIOR LIFEGUARD GEAR DRIVE: http://www.gofundme.com/srqjrlg
The USLA Sarasota County Chapter of junior lifeguards is a not-for-profit LLC. For more information regarding tax id or any other inquiries, please contact Rick Hinkson at SRQJRLG@GMAIL.COM.