Updated April 12, 2024   

Welcome to the Monterey Junior Lifeguards Website: 


Dont miss out - Registration opens April 7th, 2024 at 8am!

If you are a first year participant you MUST pass one of our JG swim tests, EVEN if you are on the 'Waitlist.' We will be conducting our Junior Lifeguard swim test/tryouts at the Monterey Sports Center this year.  Be sure to scroll through our website and take a look at our ‘IMPORTANT DATES’ tab in order to find all of the info in regards to sign ups and tryouts this year for the Monterey Junior Lifeguard program.  If you are interested in becoming one of our Youth Aides/Assistants this year please view our 'ASSISTANTS' tab for more information.  Daily Calendars for each Session in 2024 will be available as we get closer to the summer months.  As of now, we have our daily calendars from 2023 posted on the 'CALENDAR' tab.  This is a good reference point for daily locations if you are new to our program.  Parents are responsible for drop off and pick up at each location, including Junior Guard competitions up in the Santa Cruz area.  We do have Scholarship/Tuition Assistance opportunities for those in need.  If you are interested in applying for Tuition Assistance please view the 'TUITION ASSISTANS/DONATIONS' tab to find more information.  Summer will be approaching soon so please navigate through this website to make sure you are aware of all the important dates.  Sessions fill up fast and it is first come first served - Dont miss it!


  • Tuition Assistance Applications Due - April 1st
  • Registration Opens - April 7th
  • Swim Test 1 - April 21st @Monterey Sports Center 5pm
  • Swim Test 2 - April 28th @Monterey Sports Center 5pm
  • Session 1: June10th - June28th
  • Session 2: July 8th- July 26th

We hope you find the information in this website usefull. We look forward to seeing you at Monterey JG's this year, as we anticipate another great summer packed with fun in the sun down at the beach! 

IMPORTANT NOTE:   *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 7th, 2024 @ 8am).


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.


2024 Session Dates:

Session 1:  JUNE10TH -JUNE 28TH  

Session 2:  JULY 8TH - JULY 26TH

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.  

  • 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.