The Water Awareness, Training, Education and Recreation (WATER) program of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors is offering its aquatic sports camp for young people to take part in during their spring break.

Three camps are available for the spring program — Surf Camp, Ocean Sports Camp and Beginning Sailing.

Boys and girls ages 11 to 17 are eligible to join the Surf Camp held at the Venice Pier at Washington Boulevard Monday through Friday, April 2nd to 6th, and at the Dockweiler Bluffs in El Segundo from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 9th to the 13th.

Boys and girls seven to 14 years old can join the Ocean Sports Camp, held at the Venice Pier at Washington Boulevard Monday through Friday, April 2nd to 6th, and at the Dockweiler Bluffs in El Segundo from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 9th to 13th.

Youths 11 to 17 years old can attend Beginning Sailing Camps, held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Marina del Rey Boathouse, 13640 Mindanao Way, Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey, Monday through Friday, April 2nd to 6th, and Monday through Friday, April 9th to 13th.

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 $100 and $135 for the week-long 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.

For program registration, swim tests, or to request an application, call the WATER Youth Program at (310) 305-9587 or visit beaches.lacounty.gov/

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