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2024 Ventura Junior Lifeguards

JR Lifeguard Video Link.
Session 1 June 17 - July 5
Session 2 July 8 - July 26
Session 3 July 29 - August 16 (VUSD Pier Swim make-up August 17)
Program hours 9am - 2pm. 
ALL SESSION ARE NOW FULL - Please join the waitlist for Session 1 & 3 on the Enrollment page.

Dear Junior Lifeguard Families and prospective new students, Welcome to the 2023 Junior Lifeguard Program.
We are planning another action packed, educational and personal growth program for our participants. Located in the tabs to the right are your Enrollment links and your Parent Handbook. Please take the time to read and share the information contained in the handbook with your Junior Lifeguard. You will also find the handbook invaluable before, during and after the program when you have questions about:

• Tryout testing standards Tuition Assistance Program
• Behavioral expectations of students • Junior Lifeguard Assistant
• Tryout waiver for returning Junior Lifeguard • Refund policy
• Disciplinary procedure • Important phone numbers

Also please open Preparing for Junior Lifeguards for instructions on getting ready for the first day of the program.


2024 Program Information

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Program Objectives:
The objective of the Ventura Junior Lifeguard Program is to provide quality water safety education. Further, the program is designed to improve young people's physical conditioning, their understanding and respect for the environment and their respect for themselves, their peers and their parents.

Recreational objectives are accomplished by instruction and practice in open water swimming, paddle boarding, body surfing, body boarding, surfboard riding, skin diving and self rescue. Respect for the environment is increased by the understanding gained by the student’s daily physical contact with the environment and through lecture and discussion of pertinent marine and environmental topics. Increased respect for themselves is gained through the student’s personal progress and pride in self-accomplishment. Respect for others is increased by the student’s constant contact with compassionate Instructors and by working with other youths in a team-building environment.

In addition to the regular Junior Lifeguard Program, we are embracing opportunities for community involvement, co-production of City of Ventura youth events and partnerships in school classrooms. The Junior Lifeguard Program is using these special opportunities to introduce non-traditional user groups to the wonders of the marine and aquatic recreation environments. It is our hope that by offering recreational opportunities to our youth that we will increase the quality of our present and future communities.

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Enrollment in the Junior Lifeguard Program is first-come-first-served. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Junior Lifeguard Program, enrollment is expected to reach capacity. Students are considered enrolled in the program when confirmation from on-line enrollment is received.


Students must be 9 through 16 years of age as of the first day of program instruction.


Enrollment in this summer's program is first-come-first-served.  Participants are considered enrolled in the program when confirmation from on-line enrollment is received.


Students must be 9 through 16 years of age as of the first day of program instruction.


Session 1 

June 17 - July 5

See Calendar page for program times and details.

Session 2

July 8 - July 26

See Calendar page for program times and details.

Session 3

July 29 - August 16

See Calendar page for program times and details.

Enrollment will open April 15, 2024 at 12pm (noon)

2024 Program Fees

First Family Participant - $385.00

All additional Family Members - $365.00



Channel Island Field Trip:

Students will travel to The Channel Islands On ISLAND PACKERS' vessels.  Students will have a chance to visit the island and snorkel in the clear waters of the beautiful Channel Islands.  This trip is included in the regular program fees.

Check-in 8:45 a.m.  Boat will depart at 9:30 a.m. sharp and return to port at 5 p.m.

Check dates for your particular trip in the CALENDAR section. If you have your own snorkel gear (mask, snorkel & fins) please bring.

Harbor Cove and Channel Islands National Park:

Those particpants schedules for Harbor Cove will spend time at the National Parks Museum taking part in a Live Dive where they will have the opportunity to speak with Park Rangers as they explore the waters of Anacapa Island.

We will also have kayaking and stand up paddling in the flat waters of the cove.


CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) will take place at the State Beach.

Please check program calendar to determine your particpants scheduled meeting place.  There is flexibility combining family members and carpools from different groups.

"A" Group, approximate age:  13-15
"B" Group, approximate age:  11-12
"C" Group, approximate age:  9-11

Competition Team

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The competition team is designed for program participants that are interested in a more competitive experience with the Jr. Lifeguard Program. The Team will meet from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily, except Wednesdays, for a morning workout and lifeguard specific competition skills. There will be required travel for Competitions outside of the regular Jr. Guard Program. Competition Team Participants may join for all 9 weeks.

Junior Lifeguard Assistant Program

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Former Junior Lifeguards that are turning sixteen this year and are interested in the Junior Lifeguard Assistant Program please contact the Junior Lifeguard Office April 1st to request appropriate paperwork.  Tryouts will take place no later than the first weekend of May.

Tryout Dates

Jr Guard Tryouts - Ventura Aquatic Center (see MAPS for location)


Saturday May 18, 9:00 am  - 12:00 pm

Saturday June 1, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tryouts do not take three hours, drop-in to one of the scheduled times at your convenience.
Tryouts consist of a 100 yard swim under 3 minutes.  Any stroke may be used (dog paddle is not a stroke)

10 yard underwater swim and 3 minute tread water.

All remaining tryouts will take place at San Buenaventura State Beach, where program meets daily.  (See Maps)

June 15th at 9am.


First day of session attending at 8am.

Parent Orientation Meeting, Uniform Sales & Make-Up Tryouts


Saturday June 15th Ventura State Beach Parking Lot area:  10 am - 12 pm

9 am - Make-up tryouts for those that did not attend the scheduled pool tryouts

10 am - 10:45 am - Parent Orientation for participants that have not attended the Jr Guard Program

9 am - 11:00 am - Uniform Sales

See MAPS section for directions to park entrance.