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Rio Del Mar

The aim of our program is to provide a safe place where participants can be instructed in a variety of skills pertaining to the lifeguarding profession and the aquatic environment. Instructors will introduce participants to basic CPR skills, First Aid, rescue techniques, and lifeguarding procedures. We also include an interpretive component that provides information about the ocean habitats and local ecosystems.


Unique to Rio Del Mar:
Rio Del Mar is the ONLY BEACH WITH A LITTLE GUARD PROGRAM (6-8yrs) which is a great way to get your young ones more comfortable in the ocean.
Calmer ocean conditions and small surf
Participants get to jump off the Seacliff pier*
Younger participants get to spend time learning about our marine environment at the Seacliff Visitor Center

Hours of Operation: 10am-3pm Monday - Friday

Session I - June 15- July 10
Session II - July 20- Aug 14

6-15 years of age

Location: The Rio Del Mar(Platforms) parking lot is located just past 439 Beach Drive, Aptos on the ocean side (you will take Beach Dr. south via the round about in the Rio Del Mar Esplanade).


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Seacliff Session I

Seacliff Session I, 2011

Seacliff Session II

Seacliff Session II, 2011