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164 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, September I - Monday, September 4, 2006 Submitted photos North Bethany Beach Patrol members include (front row, l-r) Lucie Michael Dolezel and Jacob Zoaral. Maresova, Linda Cechova, Martina Prochazkova and Jamie Jones. In Below right, junior lifeguard program participants (l-r) Ethan back are John ZirckeL Ondre Kubik. Ondre Langr, Lieutenant Jim Weinstein and Max Weinstein join North Bethany Beach Patrol Heller, Mike Jandzen, Captain Julius Kiss, Jiri Cirtek, Paul Karvan, Lieutenant Jim Heller on a lifeguard stand. North Bethany Beach Patrol has successful inaugural season The ,summer of 2006 has been a summer of firsts for the North Bethany Beach Patrol. Some of the North Bethany Beach Patrol's firsts include its first year as a beach patrol, its California-style boat-to-surf rescue techniques, and that it is the first - and only - beach patrol in 2006 to certify junior lifeguards in American Red Cross Basic Water Rescue. This year, a group headed by Mike Jandzen, Captain Julius Kiss, Lieutenant Jim Heller and John Zirckel formed the North Bethany Beach Patrol, which is rapidly leading the way to safer beaches in North Bethany. Prior to this summer, the beaches south of the Indian River Inlet state park were guarded by unaffiliated life- guards, which made collaborative lifesaving efforts difficult and unsafe. Upon formation, the North Bethany Beach Patrol promptly implemented a junior lifeguard program. The North Bethany Beach Patrol's junior lifeguard program, with more than 50 participants - of which 22 earned certification - is now the only junior lifeguard program affiliated with a Delaware beach patrol. The North Bethany Beach Patrol's junior lifeguards partici- pated three times per week in classes on ocean and beach knowledge and safety and physi- cal fitness. Each junior lifeguard instructor used educational games and established a culture of active discourse, which helped junior lifeguards to earn their certifica- tions. The North Bethany Beach Patrol also quickly implemented a California-style, boat-to-surf training program, designed to make lifesaving safer and more effective. "Our planned use of boat-to- surf rescues has many benefits for swimmer safety," said Mike Jandzen, who spent three years as a California Rescue Boat Captain and five years as a U.S. Coast Guard officers. "One of the benefits is the mobility and speed that a rescue boat provides. A rescue boat is able to cover a lot of water in a limited amount of time and pro- vides a more stable working plat- form than do other types of rescue craft. Also, making rescues from the boat means the lifeguard and victim do not have to immediately renavigate dangerous surf in order to bring the swimmer to safety. Instead, the lifeguard and victim are retrieved by the rescue boat and brought to a safe point for reentry." Spikers prep for Senior Olympics Close to 1,000 Delaware senior men and women athletes over age 50 will be competing in the Delaware Senior Olympics annual games during the next two months. A first or second place age group finish will qualify the athlete or team for competition in the National Senior Games - the Senior Olympics next June in Louisville, Ken. The Delaware competitions opened with shuffleboard on Tuesday, Aug. 29 and will end Sunday, Oct. 29, with co-ed volleyball. The 26 sports being contested are archery, badminton, basketball, basketball shooting, baseball, billiards, bicycling, bocce, bowling, co-ed volleyball, golf, horseshoes, line dancing, race walk, racquetball, road race, shuffleboard, softball, sporting clays, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, volley- ball, walking and weight lifting. The complete schedule and more information can be found at www.delawareseo niorolympics.org. The Senior Lo-Del Volleyball League has entered all six of its teams in the state volleyball tournament on Sunday, Sept. 10. The league which plays in Mlllsboro and Georgetown year-round, recently had Margie Knight, Salisbury University volleyball coach, conduct a volleyball clinic at Sussex Academy in Georgetown. Members of the Dune Diggers, Rough Edges, Ladybugs, Small Wonders, Quick Chicks and First Staten are shown with coach Knight, who is shown at far left. mmo