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 16 years or older? Become a State Lifeguard

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Are there age requirements for joining the Folsom Lake Junior Lifeguard Program?

Yes, participants should be between the ages of 8 and 16 years old, prior to the start date of the session.


How old do participants have to be to try out?

Our program is open to participants ages 8-16. Our program does have rigorous demands and some younger children do struggle with that. In addition to rigorous demands, participants are reminded to put sunscreen on often but must be self-sufficient in doing so or have assistance from a sibling in the program.


Do we have to register for tryouts?

To limit the number of people at each tryout, we will be requiring that participants register for a tryout time. You must be registered to a JG session prior to registering for a tryout. If you register for a tryout but not a JG session, your tryout will be cancelled. Links to register for a tryout will be provided at the time registration links are provided. 


Does the Junior Lifeguard program teach participants how to swim?

No, swimming abilities are a prerequisite to join the program. We do work on participant abilities to swim in open water which is new to most participants. All participants must be able to pass a swim tryout in open water, prior to being eligible for the Junior Lifeguard program. See our 'Tryout Information' page for more details. 


Do past participants need to tryout again?

For 2021, due to the lapse in participation, all participants must try out. *PARTICIPANTS MUST BE REGISTERED FOR A SESSION PRIOR TO TRYOUTS*


What if I sign my child up for a session, but they are unable to pass the tryouts?

If your child is unable to complete tryouts, we will refund your tuition completely. 




When does registration open?

Registration for 2021 will open on May 1. We will email you the links and post them on the front page of our website www.parks.ca.gov/folsomlakejg.  Join our 'Email Distribution List' to get updates and information on enrollment. You can join the email distribution list by filling out the survey on our homepage. 


How do I register my child?

We will email you direct links to the registration pages when they are open. We will also post them to our front page of the website www.parks.ca.gov/folsomlakejg. Registration will take place on Reserve California so to prepare you can set up a Reserve California profile and add your dependents to the profile. This will help you register more quickly when it is open.



What is the cost of camp this year?

This year due to the modified schedule, our program will be $380, with a $25 sibling discount for  each additional child’s tuition.



What is the Assistant Program?

Our Assistants are past JG participants who have completed as least 1 prior session of JGs, they are ages 13-16 and are selected through a competitive interview/tryout process. Assistants help lifeguard staff with set-up/take-down of activities, monitor JGs progress and do additional PT workouts prior to the program beginning. Assistants arrive 30 minutes early and stay 30 minutes late each day to meet with instructors. 


I’m interested in becoming a JG assistant, what should I do?

Participants, not their parents, are encouraged to email Matt Trefry at folsomjrlifeguard@parks.ca.gov to express their interest in the program. Please review the information regarding assistant positions on our website and we will get more specific instructions out soon.



Is it okay if my child misses a few days of the program?

In general, that is okay. It is important to understand that some lectures are specific to upcoming events such as a lecture on swift water safety before going on rafting day. Attendance on these days is mandatory due to safety. Contact the coordinator if you think your child will be absent on a specific date. If your child is absent, you must email us at folsomjrlifeguard@parks.ca.gov to notify us for the reason of their absence.


Session One starts before my child’s school ends. Are they able to miss the first couple of days until school is out for session 1?

We try our best to align with as many school programs as possible but it isn’t always perfect. We take these easy the first few days of the program in order to accommodate participants joining late as schools get out of session.



When they go to Santa Cruz are they competing against other JG’s?

In Santa Cruz, we will not be competing this year. We will continue to provide an excellent opportunity for participants to learn about and become comfortable in ocean conditions.



Do I have to go camping with my child?

A parent or guardian is partirequired to accompany your child. You may, however, send your child with another family on the trip - this is typical. Our staff are not responsible for watching your child outside of program hours. 

Will there be a program held at Negro Bar during Santa Cruz week for those who are unable to go on the camping trip?

No, there will be no camp held locally while we are in Santa Cruz as our staff will be with us on the camping trip.


If we opt to not go to Santa Cruz, is there a reduced tuition rate?

No, we do not offer reduced tuition rates for participants who opt to not join particular days of our program.


What if county guidelines change and camping reservations are cancelled?

If we are unable to continue with the plans to go to Santa Cruz, we will continue to hold the program as regularly scheduled at Negro Bar. 



Will masks be required?

Yes, we will require masks to be worn at all times, including during low exertion activities in line with county guidelines. Masks will not be worn during water based activities. 


Just wondering if the activities will be outside and if so why the kids will have to wear masks? 

Most elements of our program will be held outside. Our COVID guidelines are inline with California State Parks Junior Lifeguard Program Expectations. COVID guidelines will be enforced in order to continue providing a recreational opportunity for participants. Guidelines are subject to change.


Can you tell me how many kids are in a pod? 

Based on current guidance, we will have 14 children to a pod but this may change as guidance is ever-changing.


How will you decide which children are in each designated pod?

Pod assignments will be made based on your responses to questions during the registration process. We will aim to keep children together who are already in the same social circles such as other recreation teams, carpools, etc. Your responses to this question during registration will be helpful to us. 


What if one participant, or member of their household, tests positive for COVID-19?

If anyone has exposure to COVID-19, we will use contact tracing to notify individuals who are affected. Individuals affected by an exposure will receive a refund, cancellation fees will be waived.





I’d like to learn more about your program and daily schedule.

The best place to learn more about our program is on our website www.parks.ca.gov/folsomlakejg. There you will find all of the details on our activities and daily schedule, and our practices for various special events from Bike Day to Santa Cruz Camping.