Half Moon Bay Junior Lifeguards

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About the Program

Hello Half Moon Bay State Junior Lifeguard Families,

Update: Programs will be returning to pre-covid format this summer. We will be offering two, four-week sessions. Program hours will be from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Please see important dates on lower right side of this page.

Both returning and new participants are required to register on Reserve California. Instructions are provided under the “sign up” tab on the right.

New members are required to attend one of our tryouts in May. Dates and directions are posted under the “Tryout Information” tab.

All participants are required to wear the appropriate JG uniform at camp each day (gray t-shirt, navy boardshorts, navy hoodie, and navy or gray sweatpants). We will host uniform try-on/pickup dates at the end of May. Please click the “uniform” tab for more details.

If you are interested to learn more about this amazing program and how we help our members thrive in the ocean, please continue reading.


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 and Returning Participants

      ALL new participants AND previous Junior Guards must register online at Reserve California. Online registration opens April 16th at 9:00am. New Junior Guard participants will be required to pass a swim tryout after registering to finalize their spot in the camp. Registration for returning participants is the same as new participants. Registration is online and on a first come first serve basis, there is no priority registration like in years past.

***Program Changes***

Two, four-week sessions. Starting in June and ending in August.

The Program Fee is $440.00 per member for EACH session.

Program Fees are subject to change. Check back for updates.