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


Twin Lakes Session 1

Twin Lakes Session 2 Waitlisted


Rio Del Mar Session 1 Waitlisted

Rio Del Mar Session 2


Rio Del Mar Little Guards (Ages 6-8) Session 1 Waitlisted

Rio Del Mar Little Guards (Ages 6-8) Session 2


Manresa Session 1

Manresa Session 2


*WAITLIST: Once Sessions become full, you will be able to sign up your JG for the waitlist via*


Program Fees*:

Fee per session: $490
There are no discounts for siblings.
Included in the cost: Long Sleeve Uniform Shirt

Since payment is done through Reserve California, checks or cash will not be accepted as a form of payment. 

Tuition assistance is available upon request and must be submitted by the application deadline, 5/27/24. Go to 2024 Tuition assistance for more information. 

While all the registration and uniform sales help fund the program, donations help to pay for individuals scholarships. If you are interested in making a donation please contact us at (831) 212-7223.


Returning Participants:

For returning families, click on the online registration link and you’ll be taken to ReserveCalifornia where you’ll be able to register for your chosen session. Returning particpants do NOT have to complete the swim test.

New Participants:

To enroll, Junior Lifeguards must:

1. Register for the program online prior to attending the tryout. Please make sure you are signing up for the correct session category (beach, session, and age group). We are not responsible for registration errors.

2. Once you are registered for the Junior Guard program, if you have not participated in a Junior Guard prgram you must attend a tryout.

3. Complete the tryout. Applicants ages 9-15 must be able to swim freestyle stroke 100 yds continuously, swim 10 yds under water and tread water for 3 minutes. Applicants ages 6-8 must be able to swim freestyle stroke 50 yds continuously, swim 10 yds under water, and tread water for 3 minutes. Please make sure your child has these skills before signing them up. If your child does not pass the test, we will issue a full refund minus any processing fees. 

Tryout Information:
The Junior Lifeguard Program is NOT a learn to swim program. Therefore, prospective junior guards are screened at a tryout to see if they have the minimum skills needed to safely participate in and benefit from the Junior Lifeguard Program. The instructors approve a child's skill level based upon successful completion of the test as well as the child's swimming competence and confidence. We reserve the right to refuse admittance if it is felt a student will adversely affect the safety and welfare of themselves and/or others in the program. All new students must successfully complete the testing process to be eligible for the program (NO EXCEPTIONS).


Uniform Sales are held at Simpkins Swim Center (979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062) at each tryout date (4/27 & 5/11, 9:00am-2:00pm) and at LGHQ (665 14th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062) right before the first session begins (6/1, 6/8, 9:00am-2:00pm)
Uniform items can be paid with a check or by Visa, Mastercard, or Discvoer credit cards (checks are to be made out to: California State Parks)

Cash is not accepted

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