In an effort to protect public health and the safety of visitors, volunteers and staff as the state responds to the continued threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus), California State Parks is postponing the Junior Lifeguard Program registration for summer programs until May and will reevaluate at that time. Participants who have already enrolled will not be dropped. If you have questions please reach out to the specific program for assistance.
The department is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and is committed to following the state’s efforts to help slow the spread of the pandemic disease.
We also remind everyone to practice social distancing and maintain at least six feet between other visitors and anyone who is coughing and sneezing.
2020 Registration will begin
in May, on our website. Please check back for the latest updates.
*For detailed step-by-step instructions on HOW TO REGISTER, please click here
*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.
*You can also utilize the below links, however you MUST SIGN IN TO YOUR RESERVE CALIFORNIA account first!
These links will only be active starting on t.b.d:
Rio Del Mar JG's- Session 1 (June 15-July 10)
Rio Del Mar JG's- Session 2 (July 13-August 7)
Rio Del Mar LITTLE GUARDS- Session 1 (June 15-July 10)
Rio Del Mar LITTLE GUARDS- Session 2 (July 13-August 7)
Twin Lakes JG's- Session 1 (June 15-July 10)
Twin Lakes JG's- Session 2 (July 13-August 7)
Manresa JG's- Session 1 (June 15-July 10)
Manresa JG's- Session 2 (July 13-August 7)
*WAITLIST: Once Sessions become full, you will be able to sign up your JG for the waitlist via www.reservecalifornia.com*
To enroll, first-time Junior Lifeguards must:
1. You MUST register online prior to attending the tryout! Please make sure you are signing up for the correct session category (beach, session, and age group). We will not be held responsible for registration errors!
2. Complete the tryout at T.B.D. Applicants ages 9-15 must be able to swim freestyle stroke 100 yds continuously, swim 10 yds under water and tread water for three minutes. Applicants ages 6-8 must be able to swim freestyle stroke 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 full refund minus any processing fees. However, refunds can take up to six months.
For returning families, simply click on the online registration link and you’ll be taken to ReserveCalifornia 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.
Each Session cost sessions: $440.00.
There are no discounts for siblings.
Cost Includes: Uniform long sleeved t-shirt.
*Registration prices are subject to change
The Santa Cruz State Junior Lifeguard Program accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit or debit cards only for registration. Uniforms can be purchased via a personal check made out to "California State Parks" or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted for uniform sales).
Tuition assistance is available upon request and must be submitted by the application deadline (go to "Tuition Assistance").
If you are interested in making a donation please contact us at (831) 476-4992.
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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Uniform pickup and sales will be available at Simpkins Family Swim Center on both tryout dates (t.b.d) and the Saturday prior to each session, at Lifeguard Headquarters (665 14th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062).
Uniform items can be paid with a CHECK or by VISA, MASTERCARD OR DISCOVER credit cards (checks made out to: California State Parks)