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Youth Aquatic Sports
Springboard Dive Team
Springboard diving is classified as an art as well as a sport. The diver must have total body control and good kinesthetic awarenes. Divers compete in one-meter springboard events. Workouts are designed to build endurance, refine proper technique and execution of a dive from start to finish.
Available year-round. The program is designed to provide a team environment that fosters growth in competitive swimming by improvement of swimming stroke and technique. Workouts are designed to build endurance, efficient strokes, starts, turns and finishes are part of the team focus.
USA Synchro has changed the name to Artistic Swimming and will no longer be recognized as Synchronized Swimming. Designed to indroduce young swimmers to competitive Artistic Swimming. It's a hybrid form of swimming, dance, gymnastics, consisting of swimmers performing a synchronized routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music. It demands good water skills, strength, endurance, flexibility, good breathing control when underwater, and precise timing.
The Junior Lifeguard Program is offered to participants ages 10 through 17. Jr. Lifeguards are
introduced to skills which are a basis of Lifeguard Training for the City of Los Angeles. The
Training includes Lifeguard Skills, water safety, CPR, First Aid, emergency response, snorkeling,
small crafts, volunteerism, Swim Lesson assisting.
The design of this program is driven by the Mission of Aquatics. The training is meant to instill principles and inspire youth to one day seek employment at our pools. The primary objective is teaching Jr. lifeguards the importance of safety in the aquatic environment and the value of teamwork.
The daily physical training and lectures are intended to prepare participants for sponsored competitions and field trips. Jr. Lifeguard participants will receive a uniform, skill completion awards, and participation award.
Water polo is a seven team member (6 field players / 1 goal keeper) water sport that consist of basic fundamental skills: swimming, treading water (egg-beater) and passing (ball skills). Workouts are designed to build endurance, skills set, and team work.
Youth Aquatic Programming
Learn to Surf PlayLA Signature Program
Learn to Surf is an introductory program where youth will get the opportunity to go to the beach and learn water safety, beach safety, how to stand on a surfboard and ultimately catch a wave. Transportation will be provided for the participants to get to the beach. Masks must be worn in the vehicles at all times. All sessions will be held at Cabrillo Beach. Dates and times are subject to changes. Due to the unpredictable weather, some classes may be cancelled due to unsafe conditions. If a class is cancelled, there will be no make-ups or refunds for that class.
Registration will open Saturday August 6 at 9:00 AM
Swimming Assessment: Jr Lifeguard: 100 yds medley (25 yds of each stroke of breaststroke, backstroke, sidestroke and freestyle) and 200 yds freestyle. OR Level 6: Swim 500 yds continuously using any 3 strokes of choice, swimming at least 50 yds of each stroke.
Session length: 4 days
Session #1: September 24 to October 16
Facilities for Session #1 Saturday: Hansen Dam and Cabrillo Beach
Facilities for Session #1 Sunday: Celes King III and Glassell
Session #2: October 22 to November 13
Facilities for Session #2 Saturdays: Hansen Dam and Banning Pool
Facilities for Session #2 Sundays: Van Ness Pool and Richard Alatorre Pool
Session #3: November 19 to December 11
Facilities for Session #3 Saturdays: Hubert Humphrey Pool and EG Roberts
Facilities for Session #3 Sundays: Celes King III and Algin Sutton
Cabrillo Beach 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
All other sites: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Play LA Para Surfing Clinics
Join PlayLA’s Youth Adaptive Sports Program this summer for inclusive Para Surfing camps for youth with physical disabilities ages 7-17 at no cost! All skill levels are welcome to participate. Venice Beach Lifeguard Station #21 August 6 | August 20 | September 17 8a.m. to 12p.m. Free beach parking Access Trax All boards, wetsuits and rashguards provided.
Artistic Swim LA City Novice Championships 9:00am – 5:00pm
PLAY LA Day Summer Launch @ 9:30am
Water Polo City Championships
TSLA Championship Meet
Memorial Day; pools closed
Open Water Lifeguard Academy graduation
Opening Day; pools reopen for the summer
New aquatic programs Camp Splash & Learn to Surf launches @ 8:00am
Registration for Session #1 of swim lessons open @ 9:00am
World’s Largest Swim Lesson
Lifeguard Swim Test
Registration for Session #2 of swim lessons open @ 9:00am