Silver Strand Junior Lifeguards

 Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado Ca     *NOT IN OXNARD*

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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.

2020 Programs


Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation we are unable to provide session information at this time. 

Please continue to check back with us. Thank you for your patience.



LEARN ALL ABOUT THE OCEAN AND HOW TO PROTECT OUR NATURAL RESOURCES:  Waves, Tides, Currents, Rip Currents, Marine Life, Protected Birds, Ecology and Much More!

BE TRAINED IN (not certified): Ocean rescue, First Aid, CPR

ENJOY: Surfing, Swimming, Bodysurfing, Games, Kayaking, Competitions, Exercise and FUN!


2020 Tryouts

*Tryouts are mandatory for new participants.*


2020 Tryout Dates:

May 30th

June 6th

June 20th

June 27th

Juy 18th

*All tryout dates are Saturdays.

Tryout Location:

Silver Strand State Beach on the bayside. We will have a marked Junior Guard area next to Tower 9. 

*You will need to park in one of the parking lots on the ocean side and walk through a pedestrian tunnel to the bayside. The closest parking is the north end of Parking Lot #3. Once you get through the tunnel to the bayside, head north past Crown Cove Aquatic Center to the guarded area of the bay.


Tryouts will take place from 10am - 12pm. You may arrive and take the swim test any time during this window (swim test will not take the full 2 hours). 

Swim Test Information:

*Successful completion of all three components of the swim test are required to be enrolled in the program.

1.)     100 Yard Swim

     Swim must be completed under the given time:

     2:45 min (9-11 yrs)
     2:25 min (12-13 yrs)
     2:05 min (14-16 yrs)

2.)     Tread water for 3 minutes

3.)     Swim 10 yards under water



* Uniform Sales

We now accept credit cards, as well as cash and check.

 Uniforms will be sold during each tryout, from 10am-12pm. 

Location: Junior Guard office/garage located next to the main lifeguard tower.


* We have a NEW enrollment process.

In previous years, we have used a third party program (Active) to enroll which we will no longer be using. CA State Parks has created a program that is used for enrollment in any activity in the State, including Jr. Lifeguard programs. The name of this program is known as Reserve California.

We will have specific directions on how to enroll that will be posted in a designated "Enrollment" tab on our website once we have them available. It will posted prior to the opening of enrollment.

A few key things to keep in mind for our new enrollment process:

1.)    Enrollment will open April 2020.

2.)    You will need to create a User profile to log-in and continue with enrollment. Returning Junior Guards will use previously created profile. 

3.)    2020 enrollment will have a sibling discount. Any siblings added to enroll in a session will recieve an automatic $25 discount during registration payment.