2005-12-16 / Community

Lifeguard Training Program Needs Donations

According to the upcoming 2006 Region 5 Lifeguard Development Program information sheet, it seems the course may have to be subsidized by private donations in order to continue.

The program, funded by the Region 5 Instructional Support Center in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation, political leaders, civic associations, and other organizations, is designed to train students in public and private high schools to become lifeguards for city pools and beaches.

Charitable donations are being accepted by the Board of Education and Region 5 to continue the lifeguard-training program.

According to the information sheet, the cost for each instructor at each testing site (four sites in all) is $5,000.

The program has received $5,500 from Councilman Joseph Addabbo’s discretionary funds, but needs another $25,000 in order to run the full training curriculum.

Anyone interested in contributing to the program may send a check made out to:

Board of Education of the City of New York- (memo portion write: Region 5/LDP)

And send to:

Region 5/Lifeguard Development Program c/o Hank Iori, LITS.

Region 5 Learning Support Center 82-01 Rockaway Boulevard, NY 11416.

Lifeguards are very important not only to the Rockaways, but the entire city of New York, and the training program helps to ensure that the beaches are staffed at all times, so everyone can have beach access and an enjoyable 2006 summer season.

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