San Luis Reservoir Junior Lifeguards

San Luis Reservoir Lake image

Updated 4/28/2020: 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 June 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.

Public health officials are advising the public to walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods and walk to parks. Most importantly, the public is being asked not to congregate in the outdoors. Everyone has the responsibility to “Flatten the COVID-19 Curve at Parks” by maintaining a social distance of 6 feet or more when recreating in the outdoors and staying home if they are sick. If visitors cannot maintain social distancing, they need to leave the park.


Junior Lifeguard Families,

California State Parks is implementing a new online reservation system for the entire department’s Junior Lifeguard programs.  This system will coincide with the recently implemented Reserve California camping registration system.  

ATTENTION:  To complete the registration please be sure to make a profile and add your child or children as a dependent before you go to register in the program.  Use the registration link located to the right -> for more detailed instructions.


2019 Junior Guards Group ImageThe San Luis Reservoir SRA Junior Lifeguard program’s goal is to educate the community’s youth about aquatic safety and high quality outdoor recreation. Through extensive aquatic interaction, exploration, and recreation, the San Luis Reservoir SRA Junior Guards gain a well-rounded education that can be utilized on and off the beach. After three weeks of training on San Luis Creek South Beach, each Junior Guard will have a heightened awareness and knowledge of San Luis Creek and its dangerous, yet wonderful, environment.

A typical day at San Luis Reservoir SRA Junior Guards starts with stretching and an assessment of the current lake conditions, which prepares them for the day’s events. These events can include run-swim-runs, buoy swims, kayaking, paddleboarding, lectures on topics such as lifeguard skills (rescues and first aid), and shoreline games and activities. These events are designed to educate each Junior Guard on how to safely and effectively respond in an ever changing aquatic environment within the central valley, and stresses the importance of a daily workout and maximizing the enjoyment of recreating within California's State Parks.

Demand is high for the limited number of spaces available so sign up early!

Please review the rules and policies before signing up to ensure an enjoyable summer for all.