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Lifeguard-In-Training Program

About the Program

The Surf City Lifeguard-In-Training (LIT) Program is open to children from 10 through 15 years of age.  There will be two sessions each summer and each session will be 4 weeks long.  The program will be held Monday through Friday from 10AM to 12PM.  The primary goal of our LIT program is to teach young people about ocean lifeguarding and safety.  The areas stressed in the program include water safety and basic rescue techniques, respect and understanding of the ocean, physical fitness, teamwork and sportsmanship, the ability to listen/follow directions, and the development positive self-esteem.  These skills are developed primarily through “hands on” activities guided by the LIT instructors.

Participants are expected to engage in active and challenging fitness and team building activities on a daily basis.  Parents, please make sure your children are up for this type of program!

The participants will also have the opportunity to compete against each other and other Long Beach Island LIT programs in ocean lifeguarding events such as running, swimming and paddling.  Please note that the application fee for this program does not include tournament fees, which are the responsibility of the competing participant.  Also on competition days the program will be held on the beach hosting the tournament.  Competing in tournaments is encouraged but not mandatory.

Lifeguard-In-Training - 2019 Application

Requirements for Applicants

Applicants must be 10 through 15 years of age.  New applicants must a submit a copy of their birth certificate with the application.  Some of the activities include all of the participants while for other activities the kids will be split into two age groups, 10 through 12 years of age (B or "Basic" B-LIT) and 13 through 15 years of age (LIT).

All applications must be submitted by May 15.

Returning LIT's do not have to take the swim test.

New applicants will be swim tested prior to acceptance into the program.  Swim time, stroke efficiency, and general comfort in the water will be evaluated.  Applicants will swim 150 yards.  Goal times for the kids should be 3 minutes or less for 13 to 15 year olds and 2:30 or less for 10 to 12 year olds.

A parent or guardian must complete and submit all parts of the application to the Program Director (Jenn Welc) at the swim test.

All participants admitted must submit a doctor's note indicating they are physically able to participate in a program which includes running on the beach, swimming in the ocean, and other strenuous activities.

Please note that the Borough of Surf City and the Surf City Beach Patrol are not responsible for the program participants before or after the specified hours of the program.

 

Swim Test, Program Dates and Fees

For the 2019 summer season the session dates will be as follows:

Session I - Monday June 24 to Friday July 19.

Session II - Monday July 22 to Friday August 16.

Swim Test - Saturday April 27 at 10AM at the St. Francis Community Center pool located at 4700 Long Beach Boulevard, Brant Beach NJ 08008.

 

Fees - 2019 fee schedule is pending.

 

 

 

About Our Instructors

Jenn Welc
Jenn graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and then attended Rider University where she earned her graduate-level teaching certificate.  A teacher for over a decade, Jenn brings over 15 years of ocean lifeguarding experience to the Surf City LIT program.  Jenn offers a unique and diverse skillset as program director; she is a registered yoga instructor, serves as the advisor to the International and Yoga clubs for her school and has competed in triathlons and marathons.  As an ocean lifeguard competitor, Jenn has been one of the preeminent oarswomen on the Jersey Shore for years, winning many Island championships.   Well-organized, detail-oriented and child-centered, Jenn is dedicated to making the first year of the Surf City LIT program a great one for all the participants.

Lead Instructor - Ross Reynolds
Ross graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in fitness cardiac rehab/exercise science and a Masters of Science in Sports Pedagogy with a Health/Physical Education teacher certification.  He also was the Assistant Men’s Soccer coach at Ithaca.  Since 2001, Ross has been a MS Health/PE teacher in the Southern Regional School District as well as the Head Coach for the varsity girls’ soccer and middle school track and field team.  His ocean lifeguarding experience dates back to 1993 and even includes time spent guarding the big waves and rough surf of Hawaii.  Besides playing soccer in college, Ross is an outstanding athlete and waterman. He is an elite level triathlete and has been an integral member of some of the best lifeguard competition teams in the area.  While paddling has been his area of expertise, Ross is also a skilled rower and swimmer.  Ross's athletic prowess and coaching experience will be a great addition to the SCBP LIT Program.

Instructor - Ashley Morris
Ashley graduated from Villanova in 2006 with a degree in Communications and subsequently earned her teaching degree from the College of St. Elizabeth.  She has over fifteen years of experience on the Surf City Beach Patrol and often supervises workouts and trains the new lifeguards in rescue procedures.  Ashley truly loves teaching young people and has coached Track and Field, Cross-Country, as well as High School Swimming.  She also has experience teaching 4 through 12 year olds how to swim.  Ashley is also an accomplished swimmer herself being part of the highly successful Surf City women's competition team and having won the pretigious Long Beach Island Championship Female Swim event.

Instructor - Lauren Rothstein
Lauren graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Technology with a minor in Communication Disorders.  Lauren was a stellar student-athlete at TCNJ, making the Dean's list each semester, earning the Lowell Johnson scholarship, and being inducted into two honor societies while competing for the TCNJ swim team, where she earned All-NJAC First Team honors in two events.  Lauren is currently an elementary school teacher on Long Beach Island and has been a Surf City lifeguard for eight years. As an ocean lifeguard, Lauren has been a key member of the outstanding SCBP Women’s Team, which has won championships both on and off LBI in recent years.  Lauren’s experience as a teacher and ocean safety specialist will make her an excellent instructor for the LIT program