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The Almaden Cabana Club is excited to announce the Jr. Lifeguard program will return for the 2024 pool season.

The Almaden Cabana Club Junior Lifeguard Program emphasizes: Teamwork, Leadership, Responsibility and Aquatic Safety while introducing young people to professional opportunities. The program is designed to provide quality water safety education while improving participants physical conditioning, their respect for themselves, their neighbors and their peers.

This course does not certify participants as lifeguards. It does, however, provide them with an in- depth understanding of many aspects of what it means to be a lifeguard. The program will provide a foundation of knowledge, attitude, and skills that will prepare participants for lifeguard training in the future if they choose. Participants will also participate in both dry land and in-water exercises each day.

Under the supervision of our certified and experienced Lifeguards, your child will learn and practice the skills necessary to become a successful lifeguard. They will also learn about the most common poolside injuries and other medical emergencies and how to properly treat them as well as when to know the appropriate time to call for professional emergency medical response.

All sessions will consist of conditioning and lifeguard instruction. Conditioning will include swimming, running, calisthenics and team-building games, in addition to other physical activities.

For more information click here for the Program Overview

The cost is $325 per child for the Level 1 session and $350 for the Level 2 session. Each session is a full week, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 12PM.  Each child will require a separate registration submission.  If you are registering for the Level 1 session, you must also select a tryout date.  Tryouts are required in order to be committed to your sessions.  If your child does not pass the tryout, your registration fee will be refunded in full.  New participants may register for both Level 1 and Level 2 sessions, but participation in Level 2 is contingent on the successful completion of Level 1. If a participant cannot complete the Level 1 session due to an unforeseen issue, a refund for the Level 2 session will be issued. If your child successfully completed the Level 1 course last season there is no tryout requirement.

Register for one of the sessions here:

LEVEL ONE - July 8, 2024 – July 12, 2024,  M-F 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

LEVEL TWO - July 15, 2024 – July 19, 2024,  M-F 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Meet the Instructor - Skip Harsany

  My wife Paula and I moved to Almaden Valley in 1995.

  Our daughter Andie swam for the Dolphin swim team from the age of 6 years old through her Senior year of high school.

As a teenager, being a lifeguard was one of my favorite jobs. I was hired by Raging Waters San Jose and was part of the crew that opened the park in 1985. The second season I was promoted to lifeguard lead. After two years, I trained to acquire my Water Safety Instruction certificate so that I could teach children and adults how to swim. I left Raging Waters and went to work for the City of Los Gatos in the Aquatics Department.

After college I worked in law enforcement for 27 years and retired from the San Jose Police Department in 2017. During my career as a police officer, I was a Field Training Officer, Sexual Assaults detective and worked in the Chief’s office in Research and Development. After promoting to Sergeant, I returned to R&D where I was part of the team that was charged with creating a new position in the PD called Community Service Officer. I was responsible for the hiring, training and then I managed this new group of police department employees for four years, adding two additional classes to the mix. The SJPD now has the largest CSO program in the nation.

For several years I have been interested in creating a program for the Almaden Cabana Club that gets younger kids interested and excited to become a lifeguard. The beach communities throughout the country have had this type of program for their local youth for decades. I thought it was time to bring it to our neighborhood. I have worked hard to create this innovative new program for your kids. I look forward to mentoring and teaching them about a fun and rewarding job opportunity that will introduce responsibility, leadership and teamwork skills that will carry them far beyond their teenage years.

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