While the sun was high in the sky, chill winds whipped the waves at Dunes Beach in Half Moon Bay. The crisp conditions didn’t deter the Half Moon Bay Junior Lifeguards as they tossed off their uniform gray T-shirts and navy board shorts and charged into the water in just their swimsuits. “Coo-dips” as the frigid swims are affectionately coined are just one of the traditions that make the summer camp such a unique experience for local youth. 

Fresh out of the water, Jesse Brown, in her second year as a Junior Lifeguard, said that before joining the program, she never really swam past the break. 

Emma Spaeth is a staff writer for the Half Moon Bay Review covering community, arts and sports. Emma grew up in Half Moon Bay before earning a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oregon.

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