Learning to save: Rescue methods taught during camp

Published 2:36 am Monday, August 4, 2008

By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
The Greater Brewton Area YMCA is taking steps to insure the availability of certified lifeguards in coming years.
A Junior Lifeguard Training Camp was held over a two-week session at the local facility to train children ages 11 to 16 on fundamentals of being a lifeguard.
Angel Boyd, teacher for the camp, said the students worked hard and were excited to be exposed the program.
The program, the first in seven years at the YMCA, was attended by seven students under the direction of a certified YMCA lifeguard along with Boyd.
Students who have completed the camp sessions will begin working in the aquatics program at the YMCA by assisting with swim lessons at the facility.
As the program continues, students will learn techniques used to perform swimming and non-swimming rescues in addition to other skills they have already learned.
Those students who participated in the camp were Allie Rush, Carissa Nelson, Coale Jordan, Connor Rush, Megan Blair, Amber Terry and Shelby Youngblood.
Assisting Boyd during the instruction was Tailya Joyner, a certified YMCA lifeguard.