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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 El Capitan 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 has closed.

Thank you for your interest in our program

Please fill out the survery below to receive updates for the 2025 program!

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2024 Program Information

Dates: July 8th to August 2nd

Monday - Friday

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

2024 Refugio JG Calendar


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

Bus Passes will be provided at no additional costs BUT participent must be registered

Tuition Assistance is available 

Tuition Assistance Application




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