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Santa Cruz State Junior Lifeguards

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Waitlists are done online! If the category you wish to sign up for is not present, it is full. Look for the same programs waitlist and go through the registration process for the waitlist. You will be notified by the Junior Lifeguard coordinator if a spot opens up.

There is  NO priority registration for past participants. Demand is high and space is limited, so sign up early! Spots are limited and historically have filled up quickly.  All Participants MUST register prior to Tryouts.

Junior Lifeguard Program Information

The Junior Lifeguard program is a unique and challenging aquatic program for young people. Goals of the JG program are to promote water safety and environmental awareness.

Boys and Girls - 6-15 years old (6-8 years old @ Rio Del Mar Only!)
WHERE: Manresa, Rio Del Mar, and Twin Lakes State Beaches
WHEN: All programs run Monday through Friday - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHY: Develop Ocean Safety Skills! Learn about the local environment! Have fun!

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Age Groups: Your age is determined by the age you are the first day of your chosen session.

Little guards: 6-8yrs (Rio Del Mar)
C’s: 9-11 yrs
B’s: 12-13 yrs
A’s: 14-15 yrs
*If you are a new Junior Lifeguard participant (i.e. have never participated in the Santa Cruz State Junior Lifeguard Program) you are REQUIRED to attend the Tryouts in April or May.


    2017 Program Locations and Dates:

Rio Del Mar State Beach (Platforms) (ages 6-15):
Session I - June 12- July 7
Session II - July 17- Aug 11

Manresa State Beach (ages 9-15):
Session I - June 12- July 7
Session II - July 17- Aug 11

Twin Lakes State Beach (ages 9-15):
Session I - June 12- July 7
Session II - July 17- Aug 11

Program Fees*:

Cost for one session: $400.00

* Additional charges will be added from for processing fees

*Registration prices subject to change

About the Program:

The Junior Lifeguard Program emphasizes: Teamwork, Leadership, and Aquatic Safety while introducing young people to aquatic recreational and professional opportunities. The program is designed to provide quality water safety education while improving young people's physical conditioning, their understanding and respect for the environment, and their respect for themselves, their parents, and their peers.

The program runs from 10:00am in the morning until 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Our Program instructors are California State Lifeguards, who are trained in advanced first aid and rescue techniques and in most cases were junior guards themselves. It is for this reason that when you enroll your child into JG's you can rest assured that he or she is under the best of care.

In our program, your child will:


  • Safety, Ocean & Beach Hazards
  • Rip Currents, Waves & Tides
  • Beach Ecology & Marine Life


  • Surf & Ocean Rescue
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Surfing & Boogie Boarding
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Body Surfing
  • Beach/Water Flags & Relay Races
  • Beach & Ocean Games
  • Dress up theme days
  • Junior Guard Competitions

  • Beach Running
  • Ocean Swimming
  • Paddle Board Races
  • Push ups & Sit ups
  • Stretching & Calisthenics
Please review the rules before signing up to ensure an enjoyable summer for all.