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Rio Del Mar


If the age category you wish to enroll in is not shown, it is full. 
Please email the JG Coordinator at, to be added to the waitlist.

Rio Del Mar Session 1
Group A (age 14-15) : register here
Group B (age 12-13): register here 

Rio Del Mar Session 2
Group A (age 14-15) : register here
Group B (age 12-13): register here


Important 2018 Registration Info


We are in the process of switching to a new registration system, Reserve California, which will be utilized by all of the California State Parks Junior Lifeguard Programs statewide. In the meantime, to get a head start, you can create a profile on Reserve California to expedite your time on registration day. Each HOUSEHOLD (parent/guardian) must create a profile and add dependents (each child you wish to enroll in JGs). To create an account on ReserveCalifornia, please follow the steps below, or visit our Sign Up page for more info: 

Step 1: To create an account, please visit

Step 2: Add your Dependents (each child you wish to enroll in JGs), by following the instructions here

If you have any questions regarding setting up your account on ReserveCalifornia, please contact the ReserveCalifornia Contact Center at 1-800-444-7275, 8am-6pm (Pacific Standard Time).




The aim of our program is to provide a safe place where participants can be instructed in a variety of skills pertaining to the lifeguarding profession and the aquatic environment. Instructors will introduce participants to basic CPR skills, First Aid, rescue techniques, and lifeguarding procedures. We also include an interpretive component that provides information about the ocean habitats and local ecosystems.

Unique to Rio Del Mar:

  • Rio Del Mar is the ONLY BEACH WITH A LITTLE GUARD PROGRAM (6-8yrs) which is a great way to get your young ones more comfortable in the ocean.
  • Calmer ocean conditions and small surf

Program Information

Hours of Operation: 10am-3pm Monday - Friday

2018 Dates: 
Session I: June 18 - July 13
Session II: July 23 - August 17

6-15 years of age

Session Cost: $440.00 

Location: The Rio Del Mar(Platforms) parking lot is located just past 439 Beach Drive, Aptos on the ocean side (you will take Beach Dr. south via the round about in the Rio Del Mar Esplanade).


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