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New for 2016!

New Junior Lifeguard Assistant Position

Dear JG families,

We are making some great new changes to the Youth Aide Program!  We have given a new name to the position that was previously called "Youth Aide".  The new position title is "Junior Lifeguard Assistant", which better represents the job's characteristics.  Below we have bulleted the major changes:

New Tryout Format for Junior Lifeguard Assistants:

- Completion of a 500 yard ocean swim in under 15 min, completion of a run-swim-run, and attendance to the Junior Lifeguard Assistant Orientation.

- Junior Lifeguard Assistants will only be responsible for one JG session but can participate in both sessions if desired.

- All Junior Lifeguard Assistants will be required to pay the program fee.

- All Junior Lifeguard Assistants will qualify for approximately 130 hours of community service hours per session.

- All Junior Lifeguard Assistants will be allowed to purchase one O'Neill wetsuit through our Lifeguard Association discount.  Approx. 40% off.

- All Junior Lifeguard Assistants are required to be 15-16 years of age and must have previously completed one session of the Junior Lifeguard Program.


The Job:


- All Junior Lifeguard Assistants will participate in the program activities alongside the rest of the kids.  However, at certain times throughout the program, they will be called on to assist the instructors with tasks when needed.

- All Junior Lifeguard Assistants will be expected to demonstrate qualities such as leadership, maturity, and responsibility while acting as a mentor and motivating their peers.

- This new position will allow Junior Lifeguard Assistants to participate in the program as a normal Junior Lifeguard, but with an emphasis on assisting the instructors and coaching their peers.


We want to give more kids the opportunity to become Junior Lifeguard Assistants, helping them gain life experience in a positive and professional environment.  While Junior Lifeguard Assistants will not be responsible for making rescues or performing medical aids, they will be given the opportunity throughout the session to learn more about these skills.   We want to encourage ALL 15 and 16 year olds to tryout and become a Junior Lifeguard Assistant.

JG Assistant Try Out Date:

April 9th, 2017 - 8:00 am @ TWIN LAKES State Beach (East Cliff Dr. & 9th Ave.)
Date is subject to change due to weather. JG Assistant Orientation will be held at Lifeguard Head quarters after the try out for all physically qualified applicants.

The Tryout:

The tryout will consist of a 500 yard open ocean swim with a maximum time limit of 15 minutes. Candidates who complete the swim in the allotted time with qualify for the Run-Swim-Run portion of the tryout which will consist of a 100yard run- 200 yard swim-100 yard run.

Qualified candidates must attend the mandatory orientation held on the same day.

What To Bring to the Tryout:

11Parent or Legal Guardian
Swim cap and goggles if preferred
Clothes/ towel to keep warm
School Identification, California Identification Card, or California Drivers License

Fins will not be allowed

Roles and Responsibilities:


Duty Statement

Position Description:

This volunteer position will work under close supervision of the Junior Lifeguard Program Supervisor and report directly to an assigned Junior Lifeguard Program Instructor during the operating hours of the Junior Lifeguard Program.  The incumbents will work with Lifeguard Staff and other Park Personnel in order to develop job skills, proper work habits, and leadership qualities through work experience.



-  Must be 15-16 years of age.

-  Currently enrolled in an accredited high school or equivalent educational program.

- Willingness to work all necessary weekdays during one of the two Junior Lifeguard Program sessions.

- Physical strength and endurance necessary to complete the following:

-  Competitive 500 yard ocean swim in under 15 min.

- Competitive 100 yard run, 200 yard swim, 100 yard swim.

- Completion of the Junior Lifeguard Assistant Orientation.


Desirable Qualities:

- The ability to get along well with others and work within a work-group of highly  

      motivated professionals.

- Willingness to follow directions and perform a variety of manual, instructional, or clerical tasks.

-  A desire to develop job skills, proper work habits, and leadership qualities related to Lifeguard and other Park employment.






Junior Lifeguard Assistants are required to participate in the Junior Lifeguard Program’s daily activities which will include morning briefings, stretches, workouts, games, lectures, and end of day debriefs.  Under the supervision of JG Instructors, Junior Lifeguard Assistants will be expected to engage themselves in each event, alongside the other JG participants.  When needed and at the appropriate time, Junior Lifeguard Assistants will be expected to assist instructors with activities or tasks.  In addition, they will be required to attend weekly training.


A significant portion of a Junior Lifeguard Assistant’s job is to act as a mentor for the younger kids in the program.  Through work experience and training, the incumbent will develop skills in leadership, coaching, training, educating, and directing of Junior Lifeguard Program participants by being part of a high-performance, team based work group.  Will at all times serve as a role model for the participants in the Junior Lifeguard Program.


Throughout the JG session, JG Assistants will receive ongoing training in first aid and rescue skills.  At times, a Junior Lifeguard Assistant will be called on to help with lifeguard operations which may include helping maintain aquatic safety during water usage and beach activities.

10 %

Ability and willingness to participate in work place and program safety by adhering to established safety protocols and policies.  Learns to identify and correct safety problems when they arise and is responsible for developing an awareness of potential employee and Junior Lifeguard Participant safety issues while promoting this awareness within their work group and program.

10 %

Ability and willingness to participate in the daily maintenance of the Junior Lifeguard Program facilities and equipment. Develop familiarity and skills in maintenance of facilities, equipment, and clean-up of the program area.

or call (831) 476-4992.