New Junior Lifeguard Program Makes a Splash in Wilkes-Barre

Although summertime is months away, it’s no secret there’s usually a shortage of lifeguards in our area.

That’s why a new winter program at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA is starting them young.

It all ties into a new junior lifeguard program that Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey spotlighted on Thursday.

The junior lifeguard program is for ages 10 to 16 years of age.

The goal is to get younger people interested in lifeguarding, so they may want to be one as part of a part-time or full-time job during high school and/or college.

Click here to view the program flier and learn about prerequisites.

Head here to register and for more specifics on the eight-week program.

If you have any questions, email aquatic coordinator Samantha Reinhardt at or call (570) 823-2191 ext. 5051.  

The eight-week program costs $200 or less depending on if you're a Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA member.  If you can't afford it, the Y offers financial assistance and scholarships as well. Reach out to Samantha Reinhardt at the phone number above for more information.

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