Kids from junior lifeguard program compete

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On a sweltering Southland day, kids enjoyed the waves at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. They took part in Wednesday’s 6th annual junior lifeguard “Battle of the Beach” competition.

Jeff Horn runs Los Angeles County’s Junior Lifeguard program.

Jeff Horn: "It’s a great way to experience the ocean, you know, for those people who don’t have necessarily an ocean background. There are people who are good swimmers, who don’t know how to surf. There are people who are good surfers, but they’re not proficient swimmers. So this kind of takes all of that and puts it all in a nutshell."

Nearly 3,000 boys and girls ages 9 to 17 are participating in the program this summer. It lasts for five weeks.