Kids Run The Beach

Desirée Keegan
Scene from the Junior Lifesaving Tournament at Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays August 3. Independent/Desirée Keegan

The Junior Lifesaving Tournament took place at Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays Saturday, August 3. The program for 11-to-15-year-olds runs for five weeks at four different beaches in the eastern and western parts of Southampton Town and includes training drills designed to teach the junior guards to recognize the power of the ocean, how to spot riptides and other dangerous currents, and how to swim safely in the ocean. The first Southampton Town class of the Nipper Guard program — designed for 7-to-10-year-olds — also competed in the events, which included a distance swim and distance run, a rescue relay, and beach flags.

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