Junior Lifeguard Program Information
The Junior Lifeguard program is a unique and challenging aquatic program for young people. Goals of the JG program are to promote water safety and environmental awareness.
WHO: Boys and Girls - 6-15 years old (6-8 years old @ Rio Del Mar Only!)
WHERE: Manresa, Rio Del Mar, and Twin Lakes State Beaches
WHEN: Each four week session runs Monday through Friday - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHY: Develop Ocean Safety Skills! Learn about the local environment! Have fun!
Age Groups: Your age is determined by the age you are the first day of your chosen session.
Little guards: 6-8yrs (Rio Del Mar)
C’s: 9-11 yrs
B’s: 12-13 yrs
A’s: 14-15 yrs
*If you are a new Junior Lifeguard participant (i.e. have never participated in the Santa Cruz State Junior Lifeguard Program) you are REQUIRED to attend the Tryouts in April or May.
In our program, your child will:
LEARN ALL ABOUT THE OCEAN
- Safety, Ocean & Beach Hazards
- Rip Currents, Waves & Tides
- Beach Ecology & Marine Life
- Surf & Ocean Rescue
- First Aid & CPR
ENGAGE IN FUN ACTIVITIES SUCH AS:
- Surfing & Boogie Boarding
- Stand up paddle boarding
- Body Surfing
- Beach/Water Flags & Relay Races
- Beach & Ocean Games
- Dress up theme days
- Junior Guard Competitions
- Beach Running
- Ocean Swimming
- Paddle Board Races
- Push ups & Sit ups
- Stretching & Calisthenics
Please review the rules before signing up to ensure an enjoyable summer for all.
Each Session costs: $440.00.
* Additional charges will be added from active.com for processing fees*
There are no discounts for siblings.
Cost Includes: Uniform T-shirt.
*Registration prices subject to change
The Santa Cruz State Junior Lifeguard Program accepts all major credit or debit cards FOR REGISTRATION ONLY. No other forms of payment will be accepted (uniform items must be paid by personal check).
Tuition assistance is available upon request (go to "Tuition Assistance").
If you are interested in making a donation please contact us at (831) 476-4992.
The Junior Lifeguard Program is not a “learn to swim” school. Therefore, prospective students are screened at a tryout to see if they have the minimum skills needed to safely participate in and benefit from the Junior Lifeguard Program. The instructors approve a child's skill level based upon successful completion of the test as well as the child's swimming competence and confidence. We reserve the right to refuse admittance if it is felt a student will adversely affect the safety and welfare of themselves and/or others in the program. All new students must successfully complete the testing process to be eligible for the program (NO EXCEPTIONS).
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Uniform pickup and sales will be available at the tryout location.
Uniform items must be paid by personal check (checks made out to: California State Parks)
(This agenda is subject to variation without notice, based daily conditions)
10:00 – Roll call and program meeting
10:15 – Warm ups, stretching and calisthenics
11:15 – Age group skills & activities
12:00 – Lunch
12:45 – Topic lecture
1:30 – Age group skills & activities
2:40 – Program clean-up and review
3:00 – End of another great day!
Please make sure your JG has the following everyday:
Uniform Shirt & swimsuit
Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) and towel
A bag lunch, with nutritious, wholesome food, and lots of drinking water, for a full active day
A large sun hat (optional but recommended)
A sweatshirt for cold days
Protective, beach appropriate footwear
Wetsuits are optional, but recommended
Please make sure your JG has their name on ALL of their belongings. We are not resposible for lost of missing belongings.
Seacliff Little Guard competition- check back soon
Seacliff JG Competition (A, B, and C groups)- check back soon
Capitola Little Guard competition- check back soon
Capitola JG Competition (A, B, and C groups)- check back soon
Santa Cruz City "Norcal" Little Guard Competition- check back soon
Santa Cruz City "Norcal" JG Competition (A, B, and C groups)- check back soon
Waitlists will be done online!
If the session category you wish to sign up for is not present when you register, the session category is full. Select the wailtlist option for the session category you are interested in and go through the registration process to be added to the waitlist. You will be notified by the Junior Lifeguard coordinator if a spot opens up.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to register my child before tryouts?
A: Yes. Registration will open on March 31st, 2018 @9am.
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 Information" page for more information.
Q: Do you offer make-up tryouts?
Q: If my child has done Santa Cruz State Junior Guards before, does he/she still need to tryout?
A: No. Just register online.
Q: If my child has done a different Junior Guard program, do they still need to tryout?
A: Yes, if your child has not done one of our three programs, they need to complete our State tryout. See our "Tryout Information" page.
Q: How can I buy uniforms?
A: All Uniform items will be available for purchase at either of the tryouts. 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 email out 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 lunch 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 e-mail to let them know. Contacts listed on the Rules & Regulations page.