Folsom Lake SRA Junior Lifeguards

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Our Mission

The Mission of the California State Parks Folsom Lake Junior Lifeguard Program is to provide high-quality water safety and environmental education while creating unique recreational opportunities for the youth of California. The Junior Lifeguard Program emphasizes three pillars of development: teamwork, leadership, and aquatic safety. The program is designed to improve young people's physical conditioning, understanding and respect for the environment, and respect for themselves as well as their peers.

Folsom Lake Junior Lifeguards

The Folsom Lake Junior Lifeguard Program is a four-week (two sessions per summer) recreation and education program that takes places at Black Miners Bar Swim Beach. The program meets on weekdays from 9am-2pm. This program is offered to participants ranging in age from 8-16 years old with proficient swimming abilities.

The aim of our program is to provide a safe place where participants can be instructed in a variety of skills pertaining to the lifeguarding profession and the aquatic environment. Instructors will introduce participants to basic CPR skills, first aid, lifesaving competitions, rescue techniques, and lifeguarding procedures. 

Our summer sessions offer unique opportunities to our participants including, a day of river rafting, as well as a camping trip to Santa Cruz for ocean orientation. 



2023 program hours will be Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm.

Session One 2023
Session One: Monday, June 5th, 2023 through Thursday, June 29th, 2023
**Session One Camping: Tuesday, June 20th through Friday, June 23rd. JGs must be accompanied on the camping trip by an adult, our program pays the fees for the group campsites for all families, booking private reservations is not requiredRVs/Trailers will not be permitted in the group campsites

Session Two 2023
Session Two: Monday, July 10th, 2023 through Thursday, August 3rd, 2023
**Session Two Camping: Tuesday, July 25th through Friday, July 28th. JGs must be accompanied on the camping trip by an adult, our program pays the fees for the group campsites for all families, booking private reservations is not requiredRVs/Trailers will not be permitted in the group campsites


All NEW participants, and participants with a lapse in participation the previous year will be required to complete a tryout prior to the start of the session.

Participants must be registered in the program prior to arriving for tryouts.

We are hosting tryouts at Black Miners Bar Swim Beach on:

May 10th, 2023 at 5 PM and May 11th, 2023 at 5 PM 

You may attend either tryout date; you only need to attend one.

Directions to Black Miners Bar can be found on our locations website.

You can learn more about what is required for tryouts on our tryouts website.

** Still want to join but missed the tryout dates? Not to worry! We are still accepting enrollments, and will conduct first day tryouts! This means if you enrolled after tryouts concluded you can tryout on the first day of the session you want to participate in (June 5th or July 10th at 8 AM)! **

Parent Meeting

Parent Meeting is strongly encouraged for ALL families as we make several changes to improve our program each year. The parent meeting lasts less than an hour and will detail everything you need to know about our program from our expectations of participants and their parents, to details on the camping trip and other special activities.

We are hosting parent meetings on:

May 10th, 2023 at 6:00 PM (immediately following tryouts) and May 11th, 2023 at 6:00 PM (immediately following tryouts)

You may attend either meeting; you only need to attend one.

*Participants are allowed to attend the meeting. 

Typical Day as a Junior Lifeguard

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. Particpants are expected to participate in all events and should understand that exercise is a key component of our program.
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*Information is subject to change