A how-to rescue: Junior lifeguards in training

Youngsters in the Avila Beach Junior Lifeguard Program were given a demonstration of helicopter-based water rescues Wednesday morning.

Lifeguards were dropped into and plucked from the waters of San Luis Obispo Bay after the youths were shown the CHP helicopter and other rescue equipment.

The annual summer program — with more than 200 participants who qualified through tryouts — teaches young people water safety and lifesaving skills.

Pismo Beach, Morro Bay and Cayucos have similar programs.