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California State Parks Junior Lifeguard Program

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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.

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At 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.


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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. 
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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 State Recreation Areas.

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Carlsbad State Junior Lifeguards
2680 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad,  CA  92008
Phone:  (760) 479-2000
Fax:      (760) 479-2001
Website Information:
Supervisor:  Mark Allen - Lifeguard Supervisor I
Seasonal Coordinator:  Patty Mackle - Seasonal LG II

Folsom Lake State Junior Lifeguards
7755 Folsom-Auburn Road
Folsom,  CA  95630
Phone:  (916) 791 - 1007
Fax:      (916) 988 - 2467
Website Information:  Folsom Lake SP Junior Lifeguards
Junior Lifeguard Program Coordinator:  Anne Dunne - Seasonal LG II
Supervising Permanent LG: Ryan Steele

Half Moon Bay State Junior Lifeguards

95 Kelly Avenue
Half Moon Bay,  CA  94019
(650) 726 - 8806
FAX  726 - 8816
Program Website Information: Half Moon Bay State Junior Lifeguards
Program Lead Person:  Jeff Wadkins - Lifeguard

Huntington State Beach Junior Lifeguards

21601 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach,  CA  92646
(714) 536 - 4877
Cell    (714) 292 - 6381
FAX  (714) 536 - 0074
Program Website Information:
Lifeguard Program Supervisor:  Lon Graham - LGS I
Junior Lifeguard Program Coordinator:  Chris Egan

Lake Perris State Junior Lifeguards
17801 Lake Perris Drive
Perris,  Ca  92571
(951) 940 - 5652
Perris FAX 951-940-5669
Perris Lake voicemail 951-940-5652
Junior Lifeguard Program email:
Lifeguard Program Lead Person:  Joel Dinnauer
Seasonal Coordinator:  Eric Coats

Leo Carrillo Junior Lifeguard Program
9000 West Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu,  CA  90265
(310) 457 - 5775
FAX  589 - 2165
Program Website Information:
Program Supervisor:  John Regan - LGS I
Junior Lifeguard Program Coordinator:  Tim Harvey - LG PI

Monterey State Junior Lifeguards
2211 Garden Road
Monterey,  CA  93940
(831) 649 - 7144
FAX  649 - 2982
Program Website Information:  Monterey Junior Lifeguard
Lifeguard Program Supervisor:  James Nothhelfer
Seasonal Coordinator:  Maryan Gonnerman - Seasonal Lifeguard II

Oceano Dunes Junior Lifeguards
Pismo State Beach / Oceano Dunes
928 Pacific Blvd.
Oceano, CA 93445
Lifeguard Headquarters: (805) 473-7248
Program Information: Oceano Dunes Junior Lifeguards
Michael Cueto
Program Coordinator
Cell: (805) 574-4101
Jeff Kennedy
Permanent Lifeguard
Cell: (805) 290-7007

Refugio State Beach Junior Lifeguards
10 Refugio Beach Road
Goleta,  CA  93117
(805) 968 - 1760
FAX  968 - 6534
Program Website Information:
(Acting) Lifeguard Program Supervisor:  Dion Von Der Lieth
Junior Lifeguard Program Coordinator:  Brian Uhl - LG PI

Santa Cruz State Junior Lifeguard Program:
Manresa, Seacliff, Twin Lakes State Beaches
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665 14th Avenue                                                                    
Santa Cruz,  CA  95062
(831) 476 - 4992
FAX 475 - 8350
Program Website Information: Santa Cruz Junior Lifeguards
Program Email:
Program Supervisor:  Dan Perry
Junior Lifeguard Coordinator:  Cody Gilbert

San Clemente State Junior Lifeguards
3030 Avenida del Presidente
San Clemente,   CA  92672
(949) 361 - 2969
FAX   498 - 8412
Program Website Information:
Lifeguard Program Supervisor: 
Seasonal Coordinator:  Dan Newberry - Seasonal LG II

Silver Strand State Junior Lifeguards
5000 Highway 75
Coronado, CA  92118
(619) 424 - 3632
Program Website Information:  Silver Strand Junior Lifeguard 
Lifeguard Program Supervisor: Mike Martino - LGS I
Program Coordinator: Darby Fultz

Torrey Pines State Beach Junior Lifeguards
2680 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad,  CA  92008
Phone:  (760) 479-2000
Fax:      (760) 479-2001
Website Information:
Supervisor:  Mark Allen - Lifeguard Supervisor I
Seasonal Coordinator:  Patty Mackle - Seasonal LG II

Ventura State Junior Lifeguards
901 San Pedro Street
Ventura,  CA  93001
(805) 643 - 5003
FAX  (805) 648 - 2194
Program Website Information:  Ventura Junior Lifeguards
Junior Lifeguard Program Coordinator:  Carrie Johnson - Interpretive Specialist
Lifeguard Program Supervisor:  Grif Hutton - Lifeguard Supervisor I