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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to register my child before tryouts?
 A: Yes. Registration will open on March 31st @6am.

Q: Would I receive a refund if my child doesn’t pass the tryout test?
A: Yes. If your child doesn’t pass, you will receive a full  refund minus processing fees.

Q: If my child is new to the program does he/she have to tryout?
A: Yes. If your child is registering for the first time they must attend one of the 2 tryouts. The tryout process should only take about 10-20 minutes. Please check our tryout page for my information.

Q: Do you offer make-up tryouts?
A: No.

Q: If my child has done STATE Junior Guards before, does he/she still need to tryout?
A: No. Just register online.

Q: How can I buy uniforms?
A: All Uniform items will be available for purchase at either of the tryouts as well as the first week (Monday – Wed) before or after the program begins—not during program hours. We accept checks only (checks made payable to "California State Parks").

Q: If for some reason my child can not do junior guards, would we get a full refund?
A: No.  A 50% cancellation fee as well as the active processing fees will be subtracted from your initial payment if cancelled prior to the start of the program. If you remove you child from the program any time after the 1st week- no refund will be issued.

Q: My child might miss the last/first week of junior guards because we are going to be out of town. Is it possible for my child to do part of one session and part of another?
A: No. If a child misses a few days or a week, that’s ok. However, the price would still be the same.

Q: How do I receive a schedule with important dates?
A: We will calenders on the first day of junior lifeguards along with any other important information/forms.

Q: What should my child bring on the first day?
 A: The program runs from 10am-3pm so make sure to pack enough water and snacks to last all day. Sunscreen is a must as we ask the kids to re-apply a few times a day. Shoes, towel, hat, wetsuit, rash guard, umbrella and a positive attitude are always recommended! We ask that the participants do not bring IPods or cell phones. If cell phone is packed it is expected to be kept in their backpack and only used after JG hours.

Q: What if My child is going to be absent?
A: If your child is going to miss a day or an extended period of time, please contact the beach supervisor by phone or e-mail to let them know. Contacts listed on the home page.