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Junior Lifeguard Camp promotes beach safety in North Myrtle Beach

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — The North Myrtle Beach Junior Lifeguards played their fifth annual games Saturday as part of a beach safety and lifeguard training program.

The three games as part of the event were primarily focused on fitness, but also included a simulated rescue run, which allows children to learn how to save someone from drowning.

Program coordinator May Lauzon hopes the program will help children learn lifeguarding duties.

“We want these junior lifeguards to feel comfortable in the water and safe on the beach,” she said.

Among the participants in the games was Ezekiel Kilen, who said he was giving it his all.

“I felt amazing. I was really ready to run and have fun and be with everyone,” he said. “I think I can have a big impact and be a lifeguard, and that looks very fun.”

Campers had the opportunity to spend a day with a lifeguard and help people at the beach as part of the program.

Lauzon hopes the kids can share their experiences with others.

“We take our most experienced and professional lifeguards and give them the opportunity to teach junior lifeguards here at the beach,” she said.

Older children who were part of the program will learn more about the dangers of whitewater next week.

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