North Tahoe Junior Lifeguards

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Updated (June 23, 2020): California State Parks has cancelled the 2020 Junior Lifeguard Program as the state continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Participants who have signed up for the program are being notified and refunds will be provided automatically.

For more than 50 years, the Junior Lifeguard Program has emphasized teamwork, leadership and aquatic safety while introducing young people, ages 9 to 16, to safe marine and aquatic recreation opportunities. The program consists of day camps, usually lasting three to five weeks, that provide instruction in first aid, CPR, ocean safety, rescue techniques, surfing and bodyboarding. The State of California values programs such as this one, but it is critical during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the junior lifeguards, their families and program instructors. State Parks will consult with public safety partners and health experts on how to move forward with the 2021 program.
For the most up-to-date information on how the department is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit

Lake Tahoe Junior Lifeguards

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Junior Lifeguard Program Information
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The North Lake Tahoe Junior Lifeguard program is a 2 week, introduction course designed to educate young individuals (ages 8-15) about aquatic safety and provide high quality outdoor recreation. Your JG will receive a well-rounded education that promotes teamwork, safety, and leadership as well as a heightened sense of awareness and knowledge about the alpine lakes environment. The program runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Kings Beach State Recreation Area. Email: for more information.

Session 1 & 2: Registration closed
Session 3: July 22 – August 2
Session 4: August 5 – 16

** Registration is open for sessions 3 and 4 online at: ** Past participants do not have to try out again. New participants please arrive an hour early to the first day of session 3 or 4 prepared to demonstrate your proficiency in swimming a 100 yard freestyle swim, a 10 yard submerged swim and 5 minute water tread.

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The 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 Junior Guards gain a well-rounded education that can be utilized on and off the beach. After two weeks of training each Junior Guard will have a heightened awareness and knowledge of the lake and its dangerous, yet wonderful, environment.

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Program Requirements

  1. Must be a registered and paid participant.

  2. Must successfully complete State Park Junior Lifeguard swim requirement.(See TRYOUT INFORMATION link)

  3. Purchase and wear all required Junior Lifeguard Uniform items while in session. (See JG UNIFORMS link)

  4. Attend entire JG session. Resource CALENDAR link and PROGRAM INFORMATION for more details. *Absent days for emergencies only*

  5. By the end of the session, prove competency in performing all instructed JG skills to the best of one's ability in Tahoe Tough Guard competition.

  6. Have a blast while being a North Tahoe Junior Lifeguard!