Junior Lifeguards are for youth between 8-15, placed in groups by ability and age. Junior Guards have fun while learning ocean safety, rescue techniques, beach activities, physical fitness, and Marine Safety operations in an environment that emphasizes courtesy, respect, and good sportsmanship.
Who needs to take a swim test?
New Junior Guards will need to pass a required swim test before they can register for the program. All swim tests must be supervised by a member of our staff. These tests are scheduled each year well in advance to the start of the first session of Junior Guards, and participants can take the test as many times as they need. There is no fee to take a swim test.
Swim test requirements:
Youngers (ages 8-11): ability to swim 100 yards (4 pool lengths) in 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
Olders (ages 12-15): ability to swim 100 yards (4 pool lengths) in 1 minute and 50 seconds.
Swim test location and schedule:
Swim tests are offered by appointment only at the Laguna Beach High School and Community Pool, 670 Park Avenue, on the following dates. Click here to sign up for a swim test or register for the program.
Picnics and Competitions
Picnics: Last Thursday of each session.
Field Trip: Flyers with detailed information will be given out prior to field trips.
Competitions: Small competitions will be held throughout the sessions; the Ironchild event is held on the last day of each session.
The Junior Lifeguard program is open on a space-available basis. Fees include shorts, T-shirt, rashguard, towel, group photo, and picnic.
Session 1: June 13 - June 30
Session 2: July 5 - July 21
Junior Lifeguards are put into groups based on age and ability. The Morning session meets on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Afternoon session meets on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Junior Lifeguards does not meet on Fridays.
Session 1: $310 – LB residents*
$335 – non-residents**
Session 2: $290 – LB residents*
$315 – non-residents**
* A resident is defined as those who live within the boundaries of the Laguna Beach Unified School District.
** Registration for non-residents will open on April 4, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
Uniform and Gear:
Program fees include shorts, T-shirt, rashguard, towel, group photo, and picnic. Junior Lifeguards must report in uniform each day, and bring the following items:
- Swimming fins (duck feet or Dafins preferred)
- Hat, sandals, water and towel
- Backpack that holds all gear
- Lunch on most Thursdays
- No jewelry allowed, except a watch
- Girls wear a navy blue one-piece swimsuit
Please mark all personal belongings with permanent ink.