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*Registration will open Monday March 30th at 5am!*

Online registration open for ALL participants (new and returning) on March 30th at 5:00AM. Spots are limited and historically have filled up quickly.  All Participants MUST register prior to Tryouts.

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

(If you wish to know your position on a waitlist please
 email: and  include the following information in this order: Participants full name, age group, program location, and session # (1 or 2).


New Participants:

To enroll, first-time Junior Lifeguards must:

1. Sign up begins 5:00 AM on March 30th.  The program is first-come, first served and numbers are limited, so please sign up early. You MUST register prior to attending the tryout!!! Please make sure you are signing up for the correct beach, session, and age group!!! We will not be held responsible for registration errors!!!

2. Complete the tryout at Cabrillo College. Applicants ages 9-15 must be able to swim 100 yds continuously, swim 10 yds under water and tread water for three minutes. Applicants ages 6-8 must be able to swim 50 yds continuously, swim 10 yds under water, and tread water for three minutes.Please make sure your child has these skills before signing them up. If your child does not pass the test, we will issue a partial refund. However, refunds can take up to six months.

Please note that the program is first-come, first-served. We will not accept applications without payment or missing information (i.e. signatures etc.). Keep in mind that once we reach capacity, we will not accept any more applications. We appreciate your cooperation. Thank you!

Returning Participants:

For returning families, simply click on the link below and you’ll be taken to our new active network page where you’ll be able to register for Session 1, Session 2 or both! If you participated in the program last year, you will not have to complete the swim test.

Please make sure you are signing up for the correct beach, session, and age group!!! We will not be held responsible for registration errors!!!

All past participants need to come to Cabrillo College on one of the try-out dates (April 18th or May 17th) from 10:30am-2:00pm to pick up your uniform T-shirt (Included in tuition fee) as well as purchase any additional uniform items.  Look at the uniform tab on the right for details.

Program Fees*:

Each Session cost sessions: $400.00.
* Additional charges will be added from  for processing fess*
There are no discounts for siblings.
Cost Includes: Uniform T-shirt.
*Registration prices subject to change

The Santa Cruz State Junior Lifeguard Program accepts all major credit or debit cards. No other forms of payment will be accepted (uniform items must be paid by personal check).
Tuition assistance is available upon request (go to "Tuition Assistance").
If you are interested in making a donation please contact us at (831) 476-4992.

Tryout Information:
The Junior Lifeguard Program is not a “learn to swim” school. Therefore, prospective students are screened at a tryout to see if they have the minimum skills needed to safely participate in and benefit from the Junior Lifeguard Program. The instructors approve a child's skill level based upon successful completion of the test as well as the child's swimming competence and confidence. We reserve the right to refuse admittance if it is felt a student will adversely affect the safety and welfare of themselves and/or others in the program. All new students must successfully complete the testing process to be eligible for the program (NO EXCEPTIONS).

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New Participant Tryout Dates:
Saturday April 18th, 2015 - 10:30-2:00 @ Cabrillo College - 6500 Soquel Dr.
Sunday May 17th, 2015 - 10:30-2:00 @ Cabrillo College - 6500 Soquel Dr.

Uniform pickup and sales will be available at the tryout location.
Uniform items must be paid by personal check (checks made out to: California State Parks)