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Junior Lifeguard Families,

California State Parks is implementing a new online reservation system for the entire department’s Junior Lifeguard programs.  This system will coincide with the recently implemented Reserve California camping registration system.  As a result, we will no longer utilize for Junior Lifeguard enrollment. 


ATTENTION:  Registration will be available April 2nd at 12pm.  Please be sure to make a profile and add your child or children as a dependent before you go to register in the program.  Use the registration page located to the right -> for more detailed instructions.

Session 1 

Session 2


Additionally, we will be utilizing the Peninsula Campground at Folsom Lake in lieu of New Brighton Beach, Santa Cruz. This will give the Junior Guards more valuable instruction during the program and familiarize them with a remote location in our backyard.

Calendars with tryout dates are now up on our 'Calendars' page. Please remember that dates are subject to change for events throughout the program.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.


The Folsom Lake SRA Junior Lifeguard program’s goal is to educate the community’s youth about aquatic safety and high quality outdoor recreation. Through extensive aquatic interaction, exploration, and recreation, the Folsom Lake SRA Junior Guards gain a well-rounded education that can be utilized on and off the beach. After four weeks of training on Beals Point swim beach, each Junior Guard will have a heightened awareness and knowledge of Folsom Lake and its dangerous, yet wonderful, environment.

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A typical day at Folsom Lake SRA Junior Guards starts with stretches and an assessment of the current lake conditions, which prepares them for the day’s events. These events can include run-swim-runs, buoy swims, kayaking, paddleboarding, lectures on topics such as lifeguard skills (rescues and first aid), and shoreline games and activities. These events are designed to educate each Junior Guard on how to safely and effectively respond in the ever changing aquatic environment within the greater Sacramento area, and stresses the importance of a daily workout and maximizing the enjoyment of recreating within California's State Parks.

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Each session will include a field trip to some local venues, such as rafting down the American River and touring the Nimbus Fish Hatchery.
Field trips and competitions are a great way to visit and learn about other aquatic environments and Junior Lifeguard programs.

Every summer the State of California - Department of Parks and Recreation offers two four-week sessions held at Beals Point swim beach . Demand is high for the limited number of spaces available so sign up early!

Please review the rules and policies before signing up to ensure an enjoyable summer for all.