Updated January 18, 2023 


Welcome to the Monterey Junior Lifeguards Website: 

We hope everyone has had a great start to the New Year year so far.  This last summer was a blast and we are gearing up for another fantastic summer of Junior Guards in Monterey!  The Monterey Junior Guard program will have (2) three-week Sessions Available this summer in June and July of 2023:

2023 Session 1:  JUNE 12th- JUNE 30th

2023 Session 2:  JULY 10th- JULY 28th

As we are still in the planning stages for 2023 we do not have any more detailed information in regards to our Sessions (Calendars) at this time.  However, we do know that we will no longer be able to take busses up to the Santa Cruz area for the JG competitions this year.  This summer we plan to have parents Carpool up to the competitions if their child would like to participate in those events.  We will have further information on this as we get closer to the summer season.  We also plan to have only one field trip location per week for each Session this year.  These field trips will be at other beach locations in our area and will most likely happen every Friday each week of the designated Session.  Parents will still be responsible to drop off and pick up at every location - we do not transport JG participants to any of our locations.  For the most up to date information please check our website periodically as we will try to add updates at least once a month up until the Summer sessions start.  We hope everyone has a great rest of the year and look forward to seeing you at Monterey JG's this summer!


For more than 50 years, the Junior Lifeguard Program has emphasized teamwork, leadership and aquatic safety while introducing young people, ages 9 to 16, to safe marine and aquatic recreation opportunities. The State of California values programs such as this one, but it is critical during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the junior lifeguards, their families and program instructors. State Parks will consult with public safety partners and health experts on how to move forward with future programs.

Follow State Parks on social media - Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – or visit for the most up-to-date information on how the department is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

*Prior to registration, you must create an account on and list the JG's you would like to enroll as dependants on your account.  Please visit our 'Sign Up' page link for detailed step-by-step instructions on how to register.  Please note that the links to register will not be active until date and time registration opens (April 25th @ 8am).


2023 Session Dates:

Session 1:  JUNE12TH -JUNE 30TH  

Session 2:  JULY 10TH - JULY 28TH

Cost:  $475 per Session


Summer Activities:

This unique program gives local youth in Monterey County the opportunity to receive instruction and practice in ocean safety awareness skills, paddle boarding, body surfing, surfing, snorkeling, calisthenics, self rescue and more! This program gives youth the opportunity to be in top physical condition as well as develop ocean awareness skills not only for their own benefit, but also for the long term maitnenance and preservation of the ocean environment.   

WHO: Boys and Girls Ages: 9-16
WHERE:  Monterey State Beach (Roberts parking lot on the South end of Sand Dunes Drive next to Tides Hotel)
WHEN: Monday-Friday (9am-2pm) 

*Due to unforseen conditions and regulations, ALL information subject to change.



This is just a glimpse at our COVID-19 guidelines that were in place in accordance with county health guidelines for summer 2021. This guidance is subject to change. 

  • Participants will be placed in smaller groups. 
  • Participants & their parents will be required to notify Lifeguard staff of any exposures or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Equipment will be sanitized daily after each use.
  • Participants will be expected to sanitize their hands throughout the day using hand sanitizer and/or washing hands at hand washing stations. 
  • Masks will be required to be worn during low exertion activities. No masks will be used for water based activities, but social distances practices will be in place.
  • Masks and sanitization practices will not replace the need for six feet of social distancing between participants.