Santa Cruz State Junior Lifeguards

2023 Santa Cruz State JG Program Information- Updated 8/17/2022

(Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis)
(When sessions become full, you may sign up for a waitlist and will be notified if a spot becomes available.)


*Prior to registration, you must create an account on ReserveCalifornia and list the JG's you wish to enroll, as dependents on your account. Instructions here.

Programs will be going back to pre-covid set-up this summer. We will be offering two, four-week sessions. Program hours will be 10:00AM to 3:00PM. New participants will also be required to register for a tryout date and time in addition to registering for the program. Session dates can be found below. 

 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.

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.

Before signing up for Junior Guards please be aware that your children will be working hard everyday. Your kids are at the beach to have fun, but they are also there to workout, learn lifeskills, and to have a safe place to challange themselves. 



Rio Del Mar State Beach (Platforms)
(Ages 6-15):

Manresa State Beach
(Ages 9-15):

Twin Lakes State Beach
(Ages 9-15):

10:00AM - 3:00PM

Each Session is $475

Prices have increased from previous years to cover prorgam costs. 


*Registration prices and program dates subject to change*
*No JG's on July 4


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If you have any questions, please contact the Junior Lifeguard Coordinator:

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Fill out this quick google forms questionnaire to receive program information and updates for Summer 2023.

If your a returning JG household from 2022 (unless you need to update your email) you do not need to sign up as we already have you on our email list.