North Coast Junior Lifeguard
The California State Park Junior Lifeguard program is designed for kids ages 8-17 and is dedicated to sharing beach and ocean safety information with its participants as well as providing a program of physical fitness, first aid, CPR and exposure to ocean oriented sports and activities, including competitions and traditional workouts such as swimming and running.
About the program
The North Coast Junior Lifeguard program’s goal is to educate the community’s youth about ocean safety and recreation. Through extensive ocean interaction, exploration, and recreation, the North Coast Junior Guards gain a well-rounded education that can be utilized on and off the beach. After a session at the beach, each Junior Guard will have a heightened awareness and knowledge of the expansive Pacific Ocean and its dangerous, yet wonderful, coastline.
A typical day at North Coast Junior Guards starts with stretches and an assessment of the current ocean conditions, which prepares junior guards for the day’s events. These events can include run-swim-runs, buoy swims, boogie boarding, body surfing, surfing, lectures on topics such as lifeguard skills (rescues and first aid), and shoreline games and activities. These events are aimed to educate each Junior Guard on how to maneuver the ever changing ocean conditions, the importance of a daily workout, and maximizing the enjoyment of living on the coast side.
Every summer the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation offers two two-week session held at North Coast State Beaches. Demand is expected to be high for the limited number of spaces available so sign up early! Please review the rules before signing up to ensure an enjoyable summer for all.
2019 Jr. Lifeguard Tryouts
(New JG's must attend one tryout session and successfully complete)
(If you are a returning Jr. Guard no tryout is needed)
June 1st & 15th
11am - 12pm (both days)
Arcata Community Pool
2019 Program Dates
2019 Session I - July 8th - July 19th
2019 Session II - July 22nd - August 2nd
10am - 3pm (M-F)
Trinidad State Beach