Folsom Lake SRA Junior Lifeguards
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 www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
IMPORTANT 2020 UPDATES:
Updated August 15, 2020
Junior Lifeguard Families,
We appreciate you all bearing with us as we navigate these uncertain times. California State Parks has announced the cancellation of 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 8 to 16, to safe marine and aquatic recreation opportunities. 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.
If you were already enrolled for the 2020 season, a full refund has been issued to the original payment method. You should've receive a confirmation email when your refund processed. If you have not received your refund or a confirmation email, please reach out to us at Folsomjrlifeguard@parks.ca.gov.
We are sad to announce that our fall session is cancelled for the 2020 season. We are exploring options to offer virtual lessons during the month of September. Virtual lessons will be free to all and will be posted on our social media pages.
Join our email distribution list to be included in all future communications regarding our program opportunties.
The Folsom Lake SRA Junior Lifeguard program’s goal is to educate the community’s youth (ages 8-16 years old) about aquatic safety and high quality outdoor recreation. Through extensive aquatic interaction, exploration, and recreation, the Folsom Lake SRA Junior Guards gain a well-rounded education that can be utilized on and off the beach. After four weeks of training on Beals Point swim beach, each Junior Guard will have a heightened awareness and knowledge of Folsom Lake and its dangerous, yet wonderful, environment.
A typical day at Folsom Lake SRA Junior Guards starts with stretches and an assessment of the current lake conditions, which prepares them for the day’s events. These events can include run-swim-runs, buoy swims, kayaking, paddleboarding, lectures on topics such as lifeguard skills (rescues and first aid), and shoreline games and activities. These events are designed to educate each Junior Guard on how to safely and effectively respond in the ever changing aquatic environment within the greater Sacramento area, and stresses the importance of a daily workout and maximizing the enjoyment of recreating within California's State Parks.
Each session will include a field trip to some local venues, such as rafting down the American River and touring the Nimbus Fish Hatchery.
Field trips and competitions are a great way to visit and learn about other aquatic environments and Junior Lifeguard programs.
Every summer the State of California - Department of Parks and Recreation offers two four-week sessions held at Beals Point swim beach . Demand is high for the limited number of spaces available so sign up early!
Our program is held at the Beals Point Main Beach at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.
Our program is open to children ages 8-16 with proficient swimming abilities. Swimming ability is a prerequisite to join our program. Children must be 8 years old by the start date of the session they are participanting in. All new participants must complete a swim tryout in open water prior to being accepted to the program. Please visit our tryout page for more information on tryouts.
The program cost is $450 per child for our 4-week summer program with a $50 sibling discount for each additional child after the first, or $50 dual session discount for participants completing 2 or more summer sessions. To receive the sibling discount, you must enroll both child at the same time. If you enroll a second child later, email us at Folsomjrlifeguard@parks.ca.gov so we can process your sibling discount credit manually. If you are enrolled in 2 sessions, email us at Folsomjrlifeguard@parks.ca.gov and we will process your dual session discount manually as well.
All registration takes place on ReserveCalifornia.com. Links to our program registration are also provided here on our website when registration is open. Registration typically opens in March for the Summer Sessions. To prepare for registration, we suggest that you make a profile and add your child or children as a dependent before you go to register in the program. Use the registration page located to the right -> for more detailed instructions. If you have an account you utilized last year, please be sure to utilize the same account again this year.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions or fill out the form below to be added to our email distribution list for updates on upcoming events and sessions.
Please review the rules and policies in our handbook before signing up to ensure an enjoyable summer for all.