Swim Near a Lifeguard
California State Parks Lifeguard and Aquatic Safety Programs
Santa Monica Sector Coastal Lifeguard Program
9000 West Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
Sector Office: (310) 457-8140
Lifeguard Office: (310) 457-2585
Junior Lifeguard Program: (310) 457 – 5775
Description of Service: Permanent and seasonal
lifeguards provide aquatic safety along
Leo Carillo State Beach and Point Magu S.B.
Seasonal towers and a Junior Lifeguard
Program operate during summer months.
Channel Coast District
Santa Barbara Sector Coastal Lifeguard Program
10 Refugio Beach Road
Goleta, CA 93117
Lifeguard Headquarters: (805) 968 - 3834
Junior Lifeguard Program: (805) 968 - 1760
Description of Service: Roving lifeguard vehicle patrol is
provided by a permanent lifeguard and seasonal
staff to El Capitan State Beach, Gaviota State Park,
and Refugio State Beach. Seasonal towers are
open during summer months and a Junior Lifeguard
Program operates out of Refugio State Beach.
Ventura Sector Coastal Lifeguard Program
Lifeguards rescue a hapless dog that was trapped in a cove near Gaviota SB.
901 San Pedro Street
Ventura, CA 93001
Lifeguard Headquarters: (805) 648-3321
Junior Lifeguard Program: (805) 643 – 5003
Description of Service: Lifeguard vehicle patrol and seasonal
Lifeguard towers (open during the summer months)
provide for aquatic safety along the coastline of
McGrath S.B., Ventura S.B. and pier, and to Harbor
Cove Beach (under contract). The popular Ventura
State Junior Lifeguard Program operates during the
summer months. Call for information on tower locates and schedules.
Central Valley District
San Joaquin Sector, Lake Millerton SRA
5390 Millerton Road
Friant, CA 93626
Business Information: (559) 822-2332
Description of Service: A permanent lifeguard and ranger
staff provide vessel patrol of Lake Millerton. Seasonal
towers are open at primary swim beaches during busy
summer weekends. Call for tower locations and schedules.
Four Rivers Sector, San Luis Reservoir SRA
31426 Gonzaga Road
Gustine, CA 95322
Description of Service: A permanent lifeguard Ranger
staff provide vessel patrol for the San Luis Reservoir
and O’Neil Forebay. Seasonal towers open primarily
on weekends and busy holidays at the swim beaches
along the O’Neil Forebay. Call for tower locations and schedules.
Lifeguard being "hot dropped" to a rescue on San Luis Reservoir.
Gold Fields District
Delta Sector, Brannen Island
17645 Highway 160
Rio Vista, CA 94571
Business Information: (916) 777-7701
Description of Service: A seasonal lifeguard tower that
opens up to 5-days/week during summer months
between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Folsom (Lake) Sector
7806 Folsom-Auburn Road
Folsom, CA 95630
Business Information: (916) 988-0205
Junior Lifeguard Program: (916) 988 – 0205
Description of Service: 2 permanent lifeguards and
Ranger staff provide vessel patrol and response
on Folsom Lake. Seasonal towers located at the
beaches along Granite Bay and Beals Point are
opened during busy summer weekends. Call for
tower locations and schedules. The Folsom Lake
Junior Lifeguard Program provides aquatic safety
education during the summer.
Inland Empire District
Perris (Lake) Sector
Business Information: (951) 657-0676
Lifeguard Program: (951) 940-5645
Junior Lifeguard Program: (951) 940 – 5652
Description of Service: Permanent Lifeguards and Ranger
staff provide vessel patrol and response on Perris Lake.
Seasonal towers located the swim beaches and are open
during busy summer months. Call for tower locations and
schedules. The Perris Lake Junior Lifeguard Program
provides aquatic safety education during the summer.
Silverwood (Lake) Sector
Business Information: (760) 389-2281
14651 Cedar Circle
Hesperia, CA 92345
Description of Service: Vessel patrol of Silverwood Lake by
State Park Rangers. Seasonal lifeguard towers opened
during summer months at designated swim beaches.
Call for tower locations and schedules.
Monterey Sector Coastal Lifeguard Program
2211 Garden Road
Monterey, CA 93940
Business Information: (831) 649-2836
Junior Lifeguard Program: (831) 649-7144
Description of Service: Vehicle patrol and response by 4 permanent lifeguards
covering beaches primarily from Point Lobos State Reserve to Moss
Landing State Beach. A single seasonal lifeguard tower located at
Monterey State Beach is opened during the summer. The ever popular
Monterey State Junior Lifeguard Program operates two sessions during
North Bay District
Russian River Sector Coastal Lifeguard Program
P.O. Box 123
Duncans Mills, CA 95430
Business Information: (707) 865-2391
Dive Information Line: (707) 847-3222
Description of Service: Roving vehicle patrol by 2 permanent lifeguards
and seasonal staff along this rugged, beautiful coastline. Typified by
rocky cliffs, cold waters, and large surf, aquatic recreation is limited
to experienced surfers and divers. Swimming along this coast is not
Beautiful coastline, but rough conditions and dangerous access
along California’s north coast.
Northern Buttes District
Lake Oroville Sector
400 Glen Drive
Oroville, CA 95966
Business Information: (530)538-2200
Description of Service:
Vessel patrol of Lake Oroville State Recreation Area by State Park Rangers.
Oceano Dunes District
Oceano Dunes SVRA, Pismo State Beach
928 Pacific Blvd.
Oceano, CA 93445
Business Information: (805) 473-7220
Description of Service: Roving vehicle patrol and
emergency response is provided by State
Park Rangers and Seasonal Lifeguards (summer months only)
along the Ocean Dunes SVRA and Pismo State Beach.
Orange Coast District
Crystal Cove Sector
Crystal Cove State Park
8471 Pacific Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Business Information: (949) 497-1582
Huntington State Beach
21601 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Business Information: (714) 536-1454
Junior Lifeguard Program: (714) 536 – 4877
Bolsa Chica State Beach: (714) 377-5691
17851 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Doheny State Beach, San Clemente SB, San Onofre SB
Main Office Address: 3030 Avenida del Presidente
San Clemente, CA 92672
Business Information: (949) 492-0802
Junior Lifeguard Program: (949) 361 – 2969
Description of Service for Orange Coast District:
Extensive lifeguard service is provided along these popular beaches located in Orange County. Permanent lifeguards patrol the State operated beaches and parks year-round. During busy holidays and through the summer months numerous seasonal towers and patrols augment the lifeguard service. Call for tower locations and schedules.
Junior Lifeguard Programs provide aquatic safety education at San Clemente and Huntington State Beaches.
San Diego District
Cardiff State Beach, Carlsbad & South Carlsbad SB, San Elijo SB, Torrey Pines SB
Main Office Address: 2680 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Business Information: (760) 720-7001
Junior Lifeguard Program: (760) 720 – 7019
Description of Service: With the combination of permanent and seasonal
lifeguards, year-round service is provided on these popular beaches.
Vehicle patrol by lifeguards is augmented by seasonal towers during
busy holidays and summer months along this busy coastline. Call to
check on tower locations and schedules. The popular Carlsbad State
Junior Lifeguard Program provides aquatic safety education and
fitness for the youth in the area.
Silver Strand State Beach
5000 Highway 75
Coronado, CA 92118
Lifeguard Headquarters: (619) 435-0126
Junior Lifeguard Program: (619) 424 – 3632
Description of Service: 2 permanent lifeguards, assisted by a seasonal
lifeguard staff during the busy summer months provide aquatic safety
service to this popular stretch of Coronado Island. Remember to shuffle
your feet as you enter the water along these beaches due to the
numerous sting-rays. A Junior Lifeguard Program provides aquatic
safety education and fitness training to the youth in the area.
Santa Cruz District
Pajaro Coast Sector Lifeguard Headquarters
665 14th Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Business Information: (831) 427-4868
Junior Lifeguard Program: (831) 476-4992
Description of Service: Roving vehicle patrol and response by 3 permanent
lifeguards and ranger staff of the State Park operated beaches
and parks in Santa Cruz County. Seasonal lifeguard towers located
at Natural Bridges State Park, Twin Lakes, Seacliff, Manresa, and
Sunset State Beaches are opened primarily during summer months.
For hours of tower operation call (831) 427-4868. 3 Junior Lifeguard
Programs operate from June – August at Twin Lakes, Seacliff, and
Manresa State Beaches.
Lifeguard at Twin Lakes SB swims out for a victim struggling in a rip current.
San Mateo Sector
95 Kelly Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Business Information: (650) 726-8819
Junior Lifeguard Program: (650) 726 – 8806
Description of Service: Roving vehicle patrol by 2 permanent lifeguards
and ranger staff of the State Park operated beaches and coastal
parks in San Mateo county. A new Junior Lifeguard program is operated
out of Half Moon Bay State Beach.
State Parks Operated Pools:
Diablo Vista District
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Location: The park is located 5 miles north of St. Helena and 4 miles south of Calistoga on Highway 29/128.
For addition information, go to: Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Phone number: (707) 942-4575
Description: Located in the heart of the beautiful Napa Valley wine country, the Bothe-Napa Valley State Park offers camping, picnicking, swimming, and hiking trails that go through stands of coastal redwoods as well as forests of Douglas-fir, tanoak, and madrone. On hot summer days, grab a swimsuit and towel and come enjoy a dip in the park's swimming pool which is open on weekends, beginning on Memorial Day weekend through mid-June, then daily through Labor Day, from 12- 6 p.m. There is an additional fee for the use of the swimming pool, to be paid at the park entrance.
Grover Hot Springs Pool
Grover Hot Springs State Park
3415 Hot Springs Road
Markleeville, Ca 96120
Business Information: (530) 694-2248
Description of Service: Two full-time pool lifeguards, assisted by a seasonal staff, provide year-round service at this natural hot spring fed pool which is kept at approximately 102 - 104 degrees with a bromine additive for disinfecting purposes. A larger, cold water chlorine swimming pool is kept at 75-80 degrees. Rental of swim suits and towels is available should you forget. A great place for a soak after a day of skiing or hiking!
In an emergency--Call 9-1-1
- Try to remain calm. Have someone spot the person in trouble or keep your eyes on the person.
- Give a clear explanation of your location and stay on the line with the dispatcher until you are told otherwise.
- Only professionally trained rescuers should attempt in-water rescues.