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Santa Cruz State Junior Lifeguards

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

We are in the process of switching to a new registration system, Reserve California, which will be utilized by all of the California State Parks Junior Lifeguard Programs statewide. In the meantime, to get a head start, you can create a profile on Reserve California to expedite your time on registration day. Each HOUSEHOLD (parent/guardian) must create a profile and add dependents (each child you wish to enroll in JGs). To create an account, please follow these steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Click on “Create Account” in the upper right corner of the page
  3. Fill out the “New Customer” page with YOUR (parent or guardian) information
  4. When finished, click the “Create Account” button
  5. Once your account is created, click the “Your Account” tab at the top of the homepage
  6. Click “Your Dependents”
  7. Click “Add Person”
  8. Fill out all information for YOUR CHILD/JG. MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE THE BIRTHDATE!!! You cannot register the day of, if you have not entered in the correct birthdate information for each child!!
  9. Click “Add Dependent”
  10. Repeat steps 7-9 for each child that you plan to attend the Junior Lifeguard Program
  11. Upon successful completion of creating your Reserve California profile, you should receive a confirmation email of your new account

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.

Two sessions are offered. Each four week session runs from 10:00am until 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Cost for one session is $440.00.*

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.

Important Dates

2018 Junior Lifeguard Tryouts
(New JG's must attend one tryout session and successfully complete the swim test)
(If you are a returning State Junior Guard, no tryout is needed)
(All participants MUST register prior to Tryouts)
April 21st, 2018 10:30am-2:00pm @ Cabrillo College Pool
May 6th, 2018  10:30am-2:00pm @Cabrillo College Pool

2018 Program Dates
Rio Del Mar State Beach (Platforms)
(Ages 6-15):
Session I: June 18 - July 13
Session II: July 23 - August 17

Manresa State Beach
(Ages 9-15):
Session I: June 18 - July 13
Session II: July 23 - August 17

Twin Lakes State Beach
(Ages 9-15):
Session I: June 18 - July 13
Session II: July 23 - August 17

* Additional processing fees may apply

*Registration prices subject to change