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“Welcome to Islip, the 3rd largest town in New York State, but with an endearing small town feel. We are so proud of our town…our beaches, golf courses, marinas, parks, housing opportunities for all, businesses, industrial parks, healthcare and educational institutions including our own Islip MacArthur Airport that provides many job opportunities. I sincerely hope you find this website helpful.” - Angie

participants lay on the sand as the coach prepares to blow the whistle starting the next training drill

August 30th, 2019 Students from the Town of Islip's 2019 Open Water Swim Jr. Lifeguard program came to Islip's Atlantique Beach Saturday, August 24 to celebrate the culmination of an 8-week program by demonstrating their newly learned skills in a series of open water competitions.

One hundred youth enrolled in the 2019 Jr. Lifeguard program at Atlantique, now in its second year. Participants boarded an early morning ferry for 8 consecutive Saturdays to Atlantique Beach, where they were taught essential life-saving skills. Junior Lifeguarding is open to youth ages 9 through 16 years of age. The course teaches water safety and introduces participants to the duties and responsibilities of an ocean lifeguard. Participants practice life-saving techniques, identify dangerous water conditions, and learn to use rescue equipment.

"This is a great introduction for children to develop confidence in open water, as well as to learn life-saving skills at a very early age," said Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter.

The program culminated with swimming races and drills. All participants were presented with medals, regardless of placement in the competition. "This is a fantastic program for youth. The improvement in the childrens' skills from early July to the end of August is remarkable. In addition to building a foundation to prepare for the NYS Level 1 Ocean Lifeguard Test, the program builds self-esteem and character," said Coach Bryan.

The course is a preparation, and not a certification program.

A group photo of all the Jr. Lifegaurds and coaches on top of the lifegaurd tower

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