Program Information

2022 Junior Lifeguard Program Information

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Who: Boys and Girls - 8-18 years old

Where: Trinidad State Beach and Crescent beach, Crescent City.

Why: The Junior Lifeguard program is a unique and challenging aquatic program to educate community youth about safe ocean recreation. Our goal is to maintain a safe and enjoyable beach environment by educating future generations about coastal currents, swells, aquatic life and self-rescue. Prevention is the best form of lifeguarding.
Develop Ocean Safety! Learn about the local environment! Have fun!

When: Every summer!  One week sessions are available between June, July and August in Trinidad with 2 sessions lasting one week in August in Crescent City. All sessions will run Monday through Friday - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, regardless of location.

Program Locations and Dates:

Trinidad Sessions: 

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Session I

2022 June Sessions: 20th-24th & 27th-July 1st.

Break from July 4th-8th for the holiday.

2022 July Sessions: 11th-15th, 18th-22nd, 25th-29th.

2022 August sessions:1st-5th, 8th-12th

10am - 3 pm (M-F)
Trinidad State Beach 

The Trinidad sessions of North Coast Junior Lifeguards are held primarily at the Trinidad State Beach from 10-3 unless otherwise stated. Drop off should be before 10 am to allow time to get down to the beach and ready for stretches at 10 am SHARP.


Crescent City Sessions 2022: August 8th-August 12th, August 15th-19th. 10-3. 


Del Norte Coast Junior lifeguards will be held at Crescent beach in Crescent City. Look for the easy up and the swarm of junior lifeguards down on the beach, we will all be ready to stretch and get in the water at 10 am sharp. (Enderts Beach rd. Access.)

Program Fees:

Enrollment  is $250.00 (one week) and includes a uniform t-shirt and hoodie. Scholarships are available for families who may struggle to pay enrollent in full, please contact the JG coordinator (contact us link) for details, info. will be kept confidential. 

JG's may enroll in all sessions.

Payment credit card only
Tuition assistance may be available, please inquire with the Junior Lifeguard Coordinator.
If you are interested in making a donation please contact us at (707) 677-3132.

Tryout test consists of the following:

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Every participant in the program regardless of age or past programs attended must be able to swim 100 yards. (no doggy paddle). 

 We understand the it can be difficult for some families to obtain swim lessons in our rural area. We try to work with particpants from all dispositions and we want to encourage as many youths in Humboldt County to learn water safety as we can. However, all participants must know how to swim, at least a little bit, before signing up for the North Coast Junior Lifeguard program. If anyone wants to sign up for the program and has not obtained swim lessons contact the program coordinator and we can potentially arrange swim lessons with our staff prior to our program start date(s):

Dillon Cleavenger



 see below for typical 100 yard swim times: 

For those who may wonder a typical tryout is included below:    

      `    Swim 100 yards in a time specific to the age group. (pass/fail)
                  13-17 year olds - 2:20 mins or less
                  11-12 years old - 2:30 mins or less
                   8-10 years old - 2:40 mins or less
           Tread water for 3 minutes (pass/fail)
           Swim 10 yards underwater (pass/fail)


Try out dates and Locations

2022 Jr. Lifeguard Tryouts Dates & Location
First day of your program!

At North Coast Junior Lifeguards safety is our primary concern, parents must be aware that our ocean is inherently dangerous. Our entire staff is professionally trained as state park lifeguards and we feel very confident about keeping our program participants safe throughout the program. 


Returning Junior Guards

Returning JG's ages 14-17 are encouraged to try out for JG instructor aid positions.

Please contact North coast Junior Lifeguards @ (707) 677-3132 for more information.


image of JG's Participants will receive 1 shirt and 1 hoodie included in the tuition. Junior Guards are required to wear navy trunks or sweats of there choice. These items are to be worn daily as part of the required uniform, for camaraderie, safety and identification purposes. It is recommended that participants wear a Speedo / Jammer / 1 piece or 2 piece style swim suit under the uniform trunks for ease of changing in and out of wet suits.

Wet suits will generally be required for ocean activities. It is strongly recommended that your child acquire his or her own 4/3 or 5/4 surf style wet suit for daily use. There is no guarantee a wet suit will be available for those that do not have there own.

There will be brightly colored rash guards provided that participants will be required to wear on the outside of their wet suits when involved in ocean activities.

Wet suits can be purchased or rented from the below Humboldt County businesses. Both businesses have offered to take the price payed for rental of suits off the original purchase price if someone wanted to purchase the suit after or during the rental period.

The Shop, Arcata CA
(707) 822-2248

Salty's Supply Co. Trinidad, CA
(707) 677-0300