Junior Lifeguard program kicked off June 18 at their new headquarters

On Tuesday, June 18, the Newport Beach Lifeguard Department began their 40th year of the Junior Lifeguard Program, with 1,450 participants ranging in age from 9-15 years old enrolled in the program this year in both the morning (9 a.m.) and afternoon (1 p.m.) sessions. The program is located on the south side of the Balboa Pier. This is the first year of the program at the new Junior Lifeguard Building located at 901 E. Ocean Front, Newport Beach.

The event was heavily attended by Junior Guard families and city staff. Guest speakers Included Mayor Will O’Neill, Councilmember Erik Weigand and Lifeguard Captain Gary Conwell.

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Chief Lifeguard Brian O’Rourke addresses the Junior Lifeguards on Opening Day

According to Chief Lifeguard Brian O’Rourke said, “The atmosphere of opening day was fun and full of energy and excitement!” The Junior Guard were anxiously awaiting to meet their Newport Beach Ocean Lifeguard Instructors and get started on their 7-week epic summer journey.

“Our Newport Beach Ocean Lifeguards who are the Junior Guard Instructors are the ones who work hard in making this program a huge success,” said Chief O’Rourke. “They instill the knowledge, skill, experience and leadership values to safely enjoy our beaches. This is the Junior Guards and their family’s home and backyard. The beach is a healthy environment, but the ocean demands respect, and that is what we get out of this amazing program.

“The Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Program is this community, and it is super epic!”

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Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill, Mayor Pro Tem Joe Stapleton and Councilmembers Erik Weigand and Lauren Kleiman join Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, Chief Lifeguard Brian O’Rourke and firefighter personnel on Opening Day

The Junior Lifeguard Program teaches participants beach and ocean awareness in an effort to increase their overall ocean skills and experience. The program content consists of ocean safety, physical and personal development, emergency response skills and competition. The program also emphasizes that junior lifeguards: 1. Respect each other, their community and themselves; 2. Represent their community, the City of Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Lifeguards in a positive way and 3. Exhibit responsibility for their actions and set a good example for others.

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Reenie Boyer (Jr. Lifeguard founder) and Mayor Will O’Neill (center left and right) are joined by City Councilmembers Erik Weigand and Robyn Grant, Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, Chief Lifeguard Brian O’Rourke and firefighter personnel on Opening Day

For further information on the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Program, call 949.644.3170, or email newportjg@nbfd.net, or visit www.nbjg.net. You can also follow the program them on Facebook at Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Program or on Instagram @NBJG.


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