Youths seven to 17 will be participating in aquatic-related activities this spring with the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors Water Awareness, Training, Education and Recreation (W.A.T.E.R.) youth program.

The program is open to county youths and is designed to raise awareness of ocean and beach safety through organized activities such as surf, ocean sports, and sailing camps.

Camps are conducted by county lifeguards who have received special training in working with young people.

Participants can choose between three camps — Surfing, Ocean Sports, and Beginning Sailing — which will be between Monday and Friday, April 10th and 14th.

Additional sessions of the Surf Camps and the Ocean Sports Camps will be held Monday through Friday, April 17th, to April 21st.

Surf Camp is held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Venice Beach.

Ocean Sports Camp — which includes recreational activities in surfing, sailing, kayaking, and body boarding — is held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey and at Venice Beach.

Beginning Sailing Camp is from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Marina del Rey.

Equipment is provided and included in the camp fees, which range from $100 to $135. Financial aid is available. Free transportation from non-beach communities is also offered to youths whose parents are unable to drive them to the beach.

Registration and information, (310) 305-9587 or

www.labeaches.info

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