North Coast Junior Lifeguard

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Updated 4/28/2020: In an effort to protect public health and the safety of visitors, volunteers and staff as the state responds to the continued threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus), California State Parks is postponing the Junior Lifeguard Program registration for summer programs until June and will reevaluate at that time. Participants who have already enrolled will not be dropped. If you have questions please reach out to the specific program for assistance.

Public health officials are advising the public to walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods and walk to parks. Most importantly, the public is being asked not to congregate in the outdoors. Everyone has the responsibility to “Flatten the COVID-19 Curve at Parks” by maintaining a social distance of 6 feet or more when recreating in the outdoors and staying home if they are sick. If visitors cannot maintain social distancing, they need to leave the park.

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

Image of the 2017 JG sessionThe 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 image of JG's in the surfliving 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, and a one week session in Crescent City at Crescent beach (Enderts beach rd. access). 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.

 

 


IMPORTANT DATES

2020 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)

May 30th & June 13th
11am - 12pm (both days)
Arcata Community Pool

2020 Program Dates
2020 Session I - July 6th - July 17th
2020 Session II - July 20th - July 31st

10am - 3pm (M-F)
Trinidad State Beach 

2020 Del Norte Tryouts

Fred Endert Municipal pool 

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2020 Program Dates

August 3rd-7th Crescent Beach (Enderts Beach rd. access)

10am-3pm (M-F)