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The Junior Lifeguard Program emphasizes Teamwork, Leadership, and Aquatic Safety while introducing young people to safe marine and aquatic recreation 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. Students of all abilities and skill levels may participate.

The Crystal Cove Junior Lifeguard Program is a three-week (three sessions per summer) open ocean recreation and education program that takes place at Crystal Cove State Park. The program meets on weekdays (Mon-Thur) at Reef Point (see map for exact program location). This program consists of an AM session (08:30am-12:00pm) and a PM session (1:00pm-4:30pm). This program is offered to participants ranging in age from 7 years old – 15 years old. Crystal Cove also offers and extended day program which allows participants from the AM session to remain at the beach until 3:00pm (this program is centered specifically around recreation).

2024 Tryout and Session Dates


Crystal Cove Tryout #1: 4/7 @ Costa Mesa High School 9am-1pm (Subject To Change

Crystal Cove Tryout #2: 4/21 @ Costa Mesa High School 9am-1pm (Subject To Change)

SESSION DATES: 2024 (Mon-Thurs)

Session 1: 6/17 - 7/5 (This session ends of Friday due to 4th OF July)

Session 2: 7/8-7/25

Session 3: 7/29 - 8/15

AM Session: 0830am-12pm

PM Session: 1pm - 430pm

Extended Day: 12pm - 3pm