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2017 Junior Lifeguard Program Information

image JG's in kayaks

Who: Boys and Girls - 8-16 years old

Where: Moonstone Beach, Trinidad State Beach, Humboldt Lagoons State Beach

Why: The Junior Lifeguard program is a unique and challenging aquatic program to educate community youth about safe ocean recreation. Our goal is to maintain a safe and enjoyable beach environment by educating future generations about coastal currents, swells, aquatic life and self-rescue. Prevention is the best form of lifeguarding.
Develop Ocean Safety! Learn about the local environment! Have fun!

When: Every summer!  Two two week session are available between July and August, Monday through Friday - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The 2017 Junior lifeguard competition is in Santa Cruz on June 28 & 29

If any returning Jr. Guard are interested in attending this event please contact Keven Harder (

Program Locations and Dates:

Session I - July 10 to July 21, 2017

image JG's

Session II - July 24 to August 4, 2017

North Coast Junior Lifeguards is held primarily at the Moonstone Beach unless otherwise stated. Drop off should be before 10 am to allow time to get down to the beach and ready for stretches at 10 am SHARP.

Program Fees:

Enrollment in 1 session is $400.00 includes uniform and hoodie.

JG's may enroll in both sessions.
1st session $400.00, 2nd session $300.00

Payment via check 
Tuition assistance may be available, please inquire with the Junior Lifeguard Coordinator.
If you are interested in making a donation please contact us at (707) 845-6171.

Tryout test consists of the following:

image of JG's on the beach           Swim 100 yards in a time specific to the age group. (pass/fail)
                  13-16 year olds - 2:20 mins or less
                  11-12 years old - 2:30 mins or less
                   8-10 years old - 2:40 mins or less
           Tread water for 3 minutes (pass/fail)
           Swim 10 yards underwater (pass/fail)

*Note: All new students entering the program must successfully complete the testing process to be eligible for the program (NO EXCEPTIONS).

2017 Jr. Lifeguard Tryouts Dates & Location
June 10th & June 24th
11 am - 12pm (both days)
Arcata Community Pool

(To secure a spot in the program prior to tryouts, send your application in with a $50.00 deposit, to.) 
North Coast Junior Lifeguard Program
4150 Patrick's Point Dr.
Trinidad, CA 95570
(The tuition balance of $350.00 will be due upon completion of the required tryouts.)

Returning Junior Guards

Returning JG's ages 14-16 are encouraged to try out for JG instructor aid positions.

Please contact Keven Harder @ 707-845-6171 for more information.


image of JG's Participants will receive 1 shirt, 1 hoodie, and 1 pair of swim trunks included in the tuition. These items are to be worn daily as part of the required uniform, for camaraderie, safety and identification purposes. It is recommended that participants wear a Speedo / Jammer / 1 piece or 2 piece style swim suit under the uniform trunks for ease of changing in and out of wet suits.

Wet suits will generally be required for ocean activities. It is strongly recommended that your child acquire his or her own 4/3 surf style wet suit for daily use. There is no guarantee a wet suit will be available for those that do not have there own.

There will be brightly colored rash guards provided that participants will be required to wear on the outside of their wet suits when involved in ocean activities.

Wet suits can be purchased or rented from the below Humboldt County businesses. Both businesses have offered to take the price payed for rental of suits off the original purchase price if someone wanted to purchase the suit after or during the rental period.

The Shop, Arcata CA
(707) 822-2248

Salty's Supply Co. Trinidad, CA
(707) 677-0300