California State Parks Junior Lifeguard Program

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Inland Junior Lifeguard Programs          Ocean Junior Lifeguard Programs

The Junior Lifeguard Program emphasizes Teamwork, Leadership, and Aquatic Safety while introducing young people to safe marine and aquatic recreation opportunities. The program is designed to provide quality water safety education while improving young people's physical conditioning, their understanding and respect for the environment, and their respect for themselves, their parents, and their peers. Students of all abilities and skill levels may participate.

Team JGAt all stages of the program, safety is a primary consideration.  The Purpose of the State Park Junior Lifeguard Program is accomplished by activities such as instruction and practice in open water swimming, paddle-boarding, body surfing, body boarding, surfboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, skin diving and self rescue.
Respect for the park environment is increased by the understanding gained by daily physical contact with the environment and through lecture and discussion of pertinent marine and aquatic topics. Increased self-respect is gained through personal progress and accomplishments.  Respect for others is increased by constant contact with compassionate instructors and by working with other youths in a team building environment.

The Junior Lifeguards' team-building philosophy is perfect for learning how to deal with various water safety situations.  The program consists of day camps, usually lasting three to five weeks, that provide instruction in first aid, CPR, ocean safety, rescue techniques, surfing and bodyboarding. 
FriendsSurfing JGs

The friends you make at Junior Lifeguards
are Friends for Life!

Currently, Junior Lifeguard programs are available at state beaches in the Los Angeles, Ventura, Monterey, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Barbara County, and Santa Cruz areas and at Lake Perris and Folsom Lake SRAs.

Inland Junior Lifeguard Programs

Folsom Lake State Junior Lifeguards
7755 Folsom-Auburn Road
Folsom,  CA  95630
Phone:  (916) 988 - 0205 ext. 248
Fax:      (916) 988 - 2467
Program Website:  Folsom Lake SRA Junior Lifeguards
Program Supervisor: Ryan Steele - RS 
JG Coordinator: Sarah Seaborg

Lake Perris State Junior Lifeguards
17801 Lake Perris Drive
Perris,  CA  92571
Phone: (951) 940 - 5647
Fax:     (951) 940 - 5669
Program Website: Lake Perris SRA Junior Lifeguards
Program Supervisor: Dakoda Iversen - Seasonal LG II

North Tahoe Junior Lifeguards

12593 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161
Phone: 530-550-6161
Program Website: North Tahoe Junior Lifeguards
Program Email:

San Luis Reservoir Junior Lifeguards
31426 Gonzaga Road
Gustine, CA 95322
Phone: (209) 826 - 1197
Fax:     (209) 826 - 0284
Program Website: San Luis Reservoir Junior Lifeguards
Program Email:


Ocean Junior Lifeguard Programs

Bolsa Chica State Beach Junior Lifeguards
17851 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach,  CA  92648
Phone: (714) 536 - 4877
Mobile: (714) 292 - 6381
Fax:     (714) 536 - 0074
Program Website: Bolsa Chica SB Junior Lifeguards
Program Supervisor:  Jeff David - LGS II
JG Coordinator:  Chris Egan - LGPI

Carlsbad State Junior Lifeguards
2680 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad,  CA  92008
Phone:  (760) 479-2000
Fax:      (760) 479-2001
Program Website: Carlsbad State Junior Lifeguards
JG Coordinator:  Patty Mackle - LGPI

Crystal Cove State Park Junior Lifeguards
8471 North Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949)497-5049
Fax:     (949)494-6911
Program Website: Crystal Cove SP Junior Lifeguards
JG Coordinator: Robert "Chris" Egan - LGPI

Doheny State Junior Lifeguards
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone: (949) 496-6162
Program Website: Doheny BS Junior Lifeguards
Program Supervisor: Bryan Etnyre- LGS I
JG Coordinator: Chris Egan

Half Moon Bay State Junior Lifeguards
95 Kelly Avenue
Half Moon Bay,  CA  94019
Phone: (650) 726 - 8806
Fax:     (650) 726 - 8816
Program Website: Half Moon Bay SB Junior Lifeguards
Program Supervisor:  Jeff Wadkins - LG
JG Coordinator: Nina Mullin/Zachary Pringle Seasonal LG II

Huntington State Beach Junior Lifeguards
21601 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach,  CA  92646
Phone: (714) 536 - 4877
Mobile: (714) 292 - 6381
Fax:     (714) 536 - 0074
Program Website: Huntington SB Junior Lifeguards
Program Supervisor:  Jeff David - LGS II
JG Coordinator:  Chris Egan - LGPI

North Coast Junior Lifeguards
4150 Patrick's Point Dr.
Trinidad, CA  95570
Phone:  (707) 845-6171
Program Website:  North Coast Junior Lifeguard 
Program Supervisor: Keven Harder - Ranger

Refugio State Beach Junior Lifeguards
10 Refugio Beach Road
Goleta,  CA  93117
Phone:(805) 968 - 1760
Fax:    (805) 968 - 6534
Program Website: 
Refugio State Beach Junior Lifeguards
Program Coordinator:  Evan Schu - LGS II
JG Co-Coordinator: Ashley Coski - LGS II

Santa Cruz State Junior Lifeguard Program:
   -  Manresa State Beaches, 
   -  Rio Del Mar 
State Beaches
   -  Twin Lakes State Beaches
Seacliff JGs665 14th Avenue
Santa Cruz,  CA  95062
Phone: (831) 476 - 4992
Fax:     (831) 475 - 8350
Program Website: 
Santa Cruz State Junior Lifeguards
Program Supervisor:  Eddie Rhee-Pizano – LGS
JG Coordinator:  Sarah Gonsolis – SSA (PI)

San Clemente State Junior Lifeguards
3030 Avenida del Presidente
San Clemente,   CA  92672
Phone: (949) 361 - 2969
Fax:     (949) 492 - 8412
Program Website: 
San Clemente State Junior Lifeguards
Program Supervisor: Bryan Etnyre- LGS I 
JG Coordinator: Chris Egan

Silver Strand State Junior Lifeguards
5000 Highway 75
Coronado, CA  92118
Phone:  (619) 424 - 3632
Program Website: 
Silver Strand State Junior Lifeguard 

Program Supervisor: Darby Fultz - LG
JG Coordinator: Lisa Lane - Seasonal LG II


Oceano Dunes Junior Lifeguards
Pismo State Beach / Oceano Dunes
928 Pacific Blvd.
Oceano, CA 93445
Phone: (805) 473-7248
Program Website: Oceano Dunes Junior Lifeguards
Program Supervisor: Kevin Pearce - SPS II
JG Coordinator: Michael Cueto - LG II

Leo Carrillo Junior Lifeguard Program
9000 West Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu,  CA  90265
Fax:     (310) 589 - 2165
Program Website:  Leo Carrillo Junior Lifeguard Program
Program Supervisor:  John Regan - LGS I
JG Coordinator:  Robyn Doler - LG PI

Mendocino Coast Junior Lifeguards
12301 N. Hwy 1 Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone: (707) 964-1070
Program Website:  Mendocino Coast Junior Lifeguards
Program Supervisor: Joseph Stoffers -- LGS
JG Coordinator: Tim Harvey - LG

Monterey State Junior Lifeguards
2211 Garden Road
Monterey,  CA  93940
Phone: (831) 649 - 7144
Fax:     (831) 649 - 2982
Program Website:  Monterey Junior Lifeguard
Program Supervisor:  James Nothhelfer - LGS I
JG Coordinator:  Nate Elmore - Seasonal LG II

Sonoma Coast Junior Lifeguards
3095 N. Highway 1
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
Phone:  (707) 875 - 3483
Program Website:  Sonoma Coast Junior Lifeguard 
Program Supervisor: Tim Murphy - SLG 
JG Coordinator: Tim Harvey - LG

Torrey Pines State Beach Junior Lifeguards
2680 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad,  CA  92008
Phone:  (858) 792-4702
Fax:      (760) 479-2001
Program Website:  Torrey Pines State Beach Junior Lifeguards
JG Coordinator:  Patty Mackle - LG PI

Ventura State Junior Lifeguards
901 San Pedro Street
Ventura,  CA  93001
Phone: (805) 643 - 5003
Fax:     (805) 648 - 2194
Program Website:  Ventura Junior Lifeguards
Program Supervisor:  James Bray - LGS I
JG Coordinator:  Carrie Johnson - SPI Specialist