Refugio Junior Lifeguards

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Program Information

The Refugio Junior Lifeguard Program is back for our 30th year in 2024!  Learn lifeguard and ocean safety skills, build confidence, and develop camaraderie with your fellow JGs at Refugio State Beach.

Our program teaches quality water safety education. Each instructor is a highly-trained, professional California State Park Lifeguard, all of whom are passionate about working with youth in a safe, fun, and team-centered environment.  Each instructor helps participants develop their swimming, bodysurfing, paddling, rescue, and first-aid skills.  JGs learn how to care for their local environment and to be guardians of the Gaviota coastline and its diverse marine and terrestrial inhabitants.  Refugio JG's believe in respect, overcoming challenges, building self-confidence, having pride in their accomplishments, and supporting and cheering for their fellow teammates. We are honored and proud to have served our local community for the past 30 years, since 1994!

Due to high demand and limited spaces, it is recommended to register early!

Registration for the 2024 Refugio Junior Lifeguard Program will open on April 1st at 10AM.

If you are interested in joining the mailing list for the 2024 season please fill out our 2024 Mailing List form.

Thank you for your interest in our program

2024 Program Information

Dates: July 8th to August 2nd

Monday - Friday

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All new participants must pass the tryout before registration. Tryouts TBD at this time, please check back soon for an update!

Fees - $450 first family member - $430 additional family members

$150 per child bus pass (optional)

Tuition Assistance is available 

Tuition Assistance Application




For more info about our program, go to the "About Us" page or check out this video!!!