Santa Cruz State Junior Lifeguards

Updated (June 23, 2020): California State Parks has cancelled 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 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.
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*For detailed step-by-step instructions on HOW TO REGISTER, please click here

*Prior to registration, you must create an account on ReserveCalifornia and list the JG's you wish to enroll, as dependents on your account. Instructions here.

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If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact the Junior Lifeguard Coordinator by sending an email to:

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About the Program:


The Junior Lifeguard Program emphasizes: Teamwork, Leadership, and Aquatic Safety while introducing young people to aquatic recreational and professional opportunities. The program is designed to provide quality water safety education while improving young people's physical conditioning, their understanding and respect for the environment, and their respect for themselves, their parents, and their peers.

Two sessions are offered. Each four week session runs from 10:00am until 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Cost for one session is $440.00.*

Our Program instructors are California State Lifeguards, who are trained in advanced first aid and rescue techniques and in most cases were junior guards themselves. It is for this reason that when you enroll your child into JG's you can rest assured that he or she is under the best of care.

2020 Important Dates

Junior Lifeguard Tryouts
(New JG's must attend one tryout session and successfully complete the swim test)
(If you are a returning State Junior Guard, no tryout is needed)
(All participants MUST register prior to Tryouts)

2020 Program Dates
Rio Del Mar State Beach (Platforms)
(Ages 6-15):

Manresa State Beach
(Ages 9-15):

Twin Lakes State Beach
(Ages 9-15):

*Registration prices and program dates subject to change*
*No JG's July 3*