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 16 years or older? Become a State Lifeguard

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Your day begins in your squads at 9am with a warm up led by our Instructors and Youth Aids. Warm up includes stretching, sit ups and push-ups to build core strength followed by a daily vitamin or workout consisting of varied running and swimming distances. When you have completed the daily workout, you will return to the JG area and prepare for the LESSON AND ACTIVITY of the day.

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Lesson topics include beach and lake safety, first aid and CPR, the conservation of the environment and proper use of lifeguard equipment and emergency procedures. When the lesson ends JG’s are given a period of free time for lunch and activities. During this time they can use the equipment to paddle board, kayak, swim, dive the buoy line, use the instructors rescue tubes, and play on the beach. Equipment includes paddle boards, flags, balls, cones, Assistant Instructors tubes, kayaks and paddles. All of this is provided by the State Parks of California and kept in the Folsom Lake Junior Guard arena under close supervision by the guards.

In the afternoon, there will be another small workout in the form of a competition, activity or exploration of Folsom Lake State Park.

Activities include water polo, soccer, capture the flag, ninja, dodge ball as well as different beach competition games such as "flags" and relays to help build physical fitness and prepare the Junior Guards for becoming future State Parks lifeguards.

At the end of the day JG’s will pack up their stuff and preform a beach clean-up as needed. A quick review of the day’s lesson topic will be performed to finish off a typical Junior Guard day. Students will be released at 2:00 pm sharp for parent pick up.