Folsom Lake SRA Junior Lifeguards
REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER 2023 WILL OPEN IN
If you'd like to receive information for 2023 sessions, join our email distribution list below to get notified for next season. Emails typically go out about one month prior to registration. All information regarding our program can be found on our web pages here.
Our program is open to children ages 8-16 with proficient swimming abilities. Swimming ability is a prerequisite to join our program. Children must be 8 years old by the start date of the session they are participanting in. All new participants must complete a swim tryout in open water prior to being accepted to the program. Please visit our tryout page for more information on tryouts.
The program cost is $495 per child for our 4-week summer program with a $50 sibling discount for each additional child after the first, or $50 dual session discount for participants completing 2 or more summer sessions. To receive the sibling discount, you must enroll both child at the same time. If you enroll a second child later, email us at Folsomjrlifeguard@parks.ca.gov so we can process your sibling discount credit manually. If you are enrolled in 2 sessions, email us at Folsomjrlifeguard@parks.ca.gov and we will process your dual session discount manually as well. Tuition assistance is available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All registration takes place on ReserveCalifornia.com. Links to our program registration are also provided here on our website when registration is open. Registration typically opens in March for the Summer Sessions. To prepare for registration, we suggest that you 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. If you have an account you utilized last year, please be sure to utilize the same account again this year. Demand is high for the limited number of spaces available so sign up early! 2021 seats sold out in a record breaking 2 minutes.
Preparing to Register
To ensure your best chances for a seat, we recommend doing the following to prepare for registration:
- Verify your log in credentials for ReserveCalifornia.com OR creating an account, if you do not already have one.
- Make sure you have added your dependents to your profile. This step is required in order to select which child you are registering. Instructions for this can be found on our website.
- Read this page ENTIRELY, review session calendars, and check out the links at the top of the page for more information.
2023 PROGRAM INFORMATION & DATES
SUMMER SESSIONS 2023
2023 program hours will be 9 AM to 2 PM.
Session One 2023
Session One: Monday, June 5th, 2023 through Thursday, June 29th, 2023
**Session One Camping: Tuesday, June 20th through Friday, June 23rd
Session Two 2023
Session Two: Monday, July 10th, 2023 through Thursday, August 3rd, 2023
**Session Two Camping: Tuesday, July 25th through Friday, July 28th
Registration will open in April 2023
Per the Folsom Lake Junior Lifeguard Handbook, all JGs must be accompanied on the camping trip by an adult. Folsom Lake Junior Lifeguard staff does not take responsibility for children outside of regular program hours. The trip is intended to give JGs an educated experience with the ocean environment, attendance is highly encouraged. See the link at the top of the page for 'special events' to learn more.
As a reminder, our program pays the fees for the group campsites for all families, booking private reservations is not required. RVs/Trailers will not be permitted in the group campsites.
All NEW participants will be required to complete a tryout prior to the start of the session. If a participant is unable to pass the tryout, their tuition will be refunded in full and the seat will be opened to someone on the waitlist. We will email members of the waitlist to arrange tryouts, as needed. Tryouts are required for any new participants or participants with a lapse in participation the previous year. If you participated in our program during 2022, you do not need to try out again.
May 10th, 2023 at 5 PM
May 11th, 2023 at 5 PM
Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in.
If your child attends tryouts and is unable to pass for any reason, we will issue you a full refund.
Failure to attend a tryout date will result in your child’s registration being canceled and refunded with a $50 cancellation fee.
You can learn more about what is required for tryouts on our website.
May 10th, 2023 at 6:00 PM (immediately following tryouts)
May 11th, 2023 at 6:00 PM (immediately following tryouts)
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.
*Participants are allowed to attend as well.
We will do uniform sales during the first few days of our program sessions from 8:30 - 9:30 AM.
As a reminder, our program maintains a strict uniform policy. Participants must wear navy blue boardshorts with a junior lifeguard patch sewn on, with a uniform shirt tucked in. When in the water, participants must wear a navy blue athletic style swimsuit for girls or navy blue speedo or JG boardshorts for boys.
With your tuition each participant will receive one complimentary uniform t-shirt and one complimentary uniform rashguard. We carry t-shirts, rashguards, boardshorts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, hats and backpacks available for purchase. Uniform sales are available for purchase with card payment methods only (we do not accept American Express).
You can visit our website to learn more about our uniforms.
Families often comment on difficulty finding girls athletic style navy blue swimsuits – jrguards.com or originalwatermen.com are great resources for those.
If you choose to purchase from jrguards.com please carefully note the following:
Royal blue swimsuits are not acceptable.
The Folsom Lake Junior Lifeguard program does not utilize the State Bear JG logo
Rashguards from jrguards.com do not have proper logo placement and are therefore not authorized for our program participants.
Proper uniforms for all participants are essential for safety. They help our staff to be able to quickly identify program participants from the general public on the beaches.
NEED MORE INFO:
You can find more information on our program by exploring our website www.parks.ca.gov/folsomlakejg. Below are some quick links to route you to information you might be looking for.
We want to thank you for your involvement in the Folsom Lake Junior Lifeguard program.
*Information is subject to change
Join our email distribution list to be included in all future communications regarding our program opportunties.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PROGRAM:
The Folsom Lake SRA Junior Lifeguard program’s goal is to educate the community’s youth (ages 8-16 years old) 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 three weeks of training on Black Miners Bar Swim Beach, each Junior Guard will have a heightened awareness and knowledge of Folsom Lake and its dangerous, yet wonderful, environment.
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.
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.