Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Aquatic sports camp offered during spring break


Media Contact:  Debbie Talbot

                           Beaches and Harbors

                          (310) 305-9548                                                        








MARINA DEL REY, CALIF. – February 18, 2009 - The Water Awareness, Training, Education and Recreation (W.A.T.E.R.) program of the Department of Beaches and Harbors is offering its popular aquatic sports camp that young people can take part in during their spring break.

            Three camps are available for the spring program - surf camp, ocean-sports camp and beginning sailing. 

Boys and girls age 11 to 17 are eligible to join the surf camp, held at the Dockweiler Bluffs in El Segundo Monday through Friday, April 6-10.  

Boys and girls age 7 to 14 will have fun with the ocean-sports camp, held at the Dockweiler Bluffs in El Segundo Monday through Friday, April 6-10 and at the Venice Pier at Washington Boulevard, Monday through Friday, April 13-17.  Both camps begin at 8:30 am and end at 2:30 pm. 

Youths age 11 to 17 can attend beginning sailing camps, held 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Marina del Rey Boathouse, 13640 Mindanao Way, First Floor, Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey, Monday through Friday, April 6-10.   

            The W.A.T.E.R. program, designed to raise awareness of ocean and beach safety through aquatic-related sports activities, is conducted by County Ocean Lifeguards who have received special training in working with young people.

            Youngsters must pass a swim test in order to qualify for the camps.  All equipment is provided and fees range between $115 and $150 for the week-long sessions.  Financial aid is available based on family income.  Free transportation is also provided from inner city areas for young people whose parents are unable to drive them to the camp locations.

              For program registration, swim tests, or to request an application, call the W.A.T.E.R. Youth Program at (310) 305-9587 or visit




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