The Water Awareness, Training, Education and Recreation (WATER) program of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors is offering its aquatic sports camps in a special winter program that young people can take part in during their holiday school break.

Three camps are available for the winter program — surf camp, ocean-sports camp and beginning sailing.

Boys and girls age 11 to 17 are eligible to join the surf camp, held at the Dockweiler Beach Bluffs in El Segundo from Wednesday to Friday, December 27th to 29th, and at the Venice Fishing Pier from Tuesday to Friday, January 2nd to 5th.

Boys and girls age seven to 14 are eligible for the ocean-sports camp, held at the Marina del Rey Boathouse, 13640 Mindanao Way from Monday to Friday, December 18th to 22nd; at the Dockweiler Bluffs from Tuesday to Friday, December 26th to 29th; and at the Venice Pier from Tuesday to Friday, January 2nd to 5th.

Both camps begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

Youngsters age 11 to 17 can attend beginning sailing camps, held from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Marina del Rey Boathouse at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey, Monday through Thursday, December 18th to 21st; and Tuesday through Friday, December 26th to 29th and January 2nd to 5th.

The WATER program, designed to raise awareness of ocean and beach safety through aquatic-related sports activities, is conducted by County Ocean Lifeguards who have received special training in working with young people.

Youngsters must pass a swim test in order to qualify for the camps. All equipment is provided and fees range between $80 and $135 for the weeklong sessions.

Financial aid is available based on family income. Free transportation is also provided from inner-city areas for young people whose parents are unable to drive them to the camp locations.

Registration, swim tests or other information, (310) 305-9587, or www.labeaches.info

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