2022 JG Tryouts Sunday May 15th and May 22nd at the Monterey Sports Center @ 5pm!



Updated May 13th, 2022 


Welcome to the Monterey Junior Lifeguards Website: 

We look forward to another summer season of Junior Guards here in Monterey. The program will continue to take place at Monterey State Beach at Robert's lot with the exception of weekly fieldtrips. While we do not know what COVID guidelines will be in place in Monterey County at the time, you can view the covid guidelines (see below) we had in place during 2021 to get an idea of what things could look like if current COVID guidelines change.

Tryouts for the Monterey Junior Lifeguard Program are on Sunday May 15th and Sunday May 22nd at the Monterey Sports Center 5pm.  Tryouts are for FIRST TIME PARTICIPANTS ONLY.  If you have participated in the Monterey JG program in previous years then you do not need to attend the tryouts.  If you are on one of the Waitlists for our summer sessions AND have not participated in the program before, then you need to attend one of the tryouts on the 15th or 22nd.  Please note that if you do not attend one of the JG tryouts there will be NO MAKEUP TRYOUT.  Refunds will be given to those who fail to show up to a tryout and that spot will open up to the next person on the waitlist. We hope you find this information useful and want to thank you for your interest and support of the Monterey Junior Lifeguard Program.  Please navigate and explore our website as all new information and dates have been officially updated for the 2022 Season.  We are excited to meet new junior lifeguards and welcome back returnees for the Summer of 2022!


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 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.

Follow State Parks on social media - Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – or visit for the most up-to-date information on how the department is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

*Prior to registration, you must create an account on and list the JG's you would like to enroll as dependants on your account.  Please visit our 'Sign Up' page link for detailed step-by-step instructions on how to register.  Please note that the links to register will not be active until date and time registration opens (April 25th @ 8am).


2022 Session Dates:

Session 1:  JUNE13TH -JULY 1ST  

Session 2:  JULY 11TH - JULY 29TH

Cost:  $475 per Session


Summer Activities:

This unique program gives local youth in Monterey County the opportunity to receive instruction and practice in ocean safety awareness skills, paddle boarding, body surfing, surfing, snorkeling, calisthenics, self rescue and more! This program gives youth the opportunity to be in top physical condition as well as develop ocean awareness skills not only for their own benefit, but also for the long term maitnenance and preservation of the ocean environment.   Field trips, potlucks, and JG competitions in Santa Cruz will now be included during the program this year! 

WHO: Boys and Girls Ages: 9-16
WHERE:  Monterey State Beach (Roberts parking lot on the South end of Sand Dunes Drive next to Tides Hotel)
WHEN: Monday-Friday (9am-2pm) 

*Due to unforseen conditions and regulations, ALL information subject to change.



This is just a glimpse at our COVID-19 guidelines that were in place in accordance with county health guidelines for summer 2021. This guidance is subject to change. 

  • Participants will be placed in smaller groups. 
  • Participants & their parents will be required to notify Lifeguard staff of any exposures or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Equipment will be sanitized daily after each use.
  • Participants will be expected to sanitize their hands throughout the day using hand sanitizer and/or washing hands at hand washing stations. 
  • Masks will be required to be worn during low exertion activities. No masks will be used for water based activities, but social distances practices will be in place.
  • Masks and sanitization practices will not replace the need for six feet of social distancing between participants.