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Half Moon Bay Junior Lifeguards

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About the Program

The Half Moon Bay Junior Lifeguard program’s goal is to educate the community’s youth about ocean safety and recreation. Through extensive ocean interaction, exploration, and recreation, the Half Moon Bay Junior Guards gain a well-rounded education that can be utilized on and off the beach. After four weeks down at Dunes beach, each Junior Guard will have a heightened awareness and knowledge of the expansive Pacific Ocean and its dangerous, yet wonderful, coastline.


A typical day at Half Moon Bay Junior Guards starts with stretches and an assessment of the current ocean conditions, which prepares them for the day’s events. These events can include run-swim-runs, buoy swims, boogie boarding, body surfing, lectures on topics such as lifeguard skills (rescues and first aid), and shoreline games and activities. These events are aimed to educate each Junior Guard on how to maneuver the ever changing ocean conditions, the importance of a daily workout, and maximizing the enjoyment of living on the coastside.


Each session will include a field trip to some local beaches, such as Montara State Beach and Año Nuevo State Reserve, as well as a Junior Lifeguard competition down in Santa Cruz. Field trips and competitions are a great way to visit and learn about other beach environments and Junior Lifeguard programs.


Every summer the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation offers two four-week sessions held at Dunes State Beach in Half Moon Bay. Demand is high for the limited number of spaces available so sign up early! Please review the rules before signing up to ensure an enjoyable summer for all.

New Participants:

ALL new participants AND previous Junior Guards that did not participate in a State Program last summer MUST complete the swim test requirement BEFORE registering. Once the swim test has been completed, participants may register online.

Returning Participants:

Junior Guards that participated in either session last summer need to submit a completed online application in order to be enrolled in the program.

The dates for the 2017 Junior Lifeguard session have been posted in the right hand column.


***Program Changes***:

All Program fees are $400 per Child. We will no longer have a discount for the second child in the family or for attending both sessions.