Junior & Little Guards


Summer Registration Begins Saturday April 11, 2015 Online

Santa Cruz Junior Lifeguards    


Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 9am at LGHQ and Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 4pm at LGHQ

JG Session 1 begins on Wednesday, June 17.

Beach Safety Information - click here

Jr. Lifeguard of the year: Ben Coffey!
Ben Coffey received the prestigious 2014 California Surf Lifesaving Association “Bobby Burnside” Jr. Lifeguard of the Year Award with a $250 scholarship and the United States Lifesaving Association Jr. Lifeguard of the Year Award.  Congrats Ben!

Ben coffey usa (2)

2014 JG of the year

From left to right: Jill Bates, Recreation Supervisor; Tyler Conroy, Jr. Guard Instructor II; Paul Steinberg, Jr. Guard Lieutenant; Ben Coffey, 2014 Jr. Lifeguard of the Year; Ned Hearn, Beach Lieutenant and Britten Miles, Fire Captain of Marine Safety. 


City Residents only - funded by FOPAR - Scholarships for Summer 2015 - English application or Spanish application
Non-city residents only (funded by SCJG Booster Club) - click here 


JOIN THE JG BOOSTER email "notification" list to receive email information about upcoming JG events, important dates, competitions, picture days, etc. to learn how to subscribe - click here

JG FORMS AND HANDBOOK - 2015 Parent packet (available soon) *Attention - Participants that register after May 15* - A hard copy of JG Participant/Parent Info & Release of Liability form (pink card) must be picked up, filled out, and returned to the Parks and Recreation office, 323 Church St. before participating.   
JG Behavior Agreement
JG Parent Code of Conduct
Competition Philosophy
JG USLA membership application (required for Jr. Guards only - not Little Guards)
Parent Handbook
Wharf - Local's parking pass

May 30, Saturday, 10am – 12pm, Cowell Beach (JG Parent meeting)
June 17, Wednesday, 11:30am – 1:30pm @ Cowell Beach (1st day session 1)
June 29, Monday, 11:30am – 1:30pm @ Cowell Beach
July 20, Monday, 11:30am – 1:30pm @ Cowell Beach (1st day session 2)
August 5, Wednesday, 10am – 3pm, Main Beach – Nor Cal Competition
August 6, Thursday, 10am – 3pm, Main Beach – Nor Cal Competition on Main Beach

Session 1: Wednesday, June 17 to Tuesday, July 14, 2015. (Please note 5-day break between sessions)                 Session 2: Monday, July 20 to Friday, August 14, 2015. 

Session 1 - Wednesday, July 1
Session 2 - Tuesday, July 28

Competition Philosophy - click here  (available soon)
Seacliff Beach - flyer for Little Guards and Jr. Guards - click here (Link will be updated by summer)
Little Guards - Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (no LG program at Cowell this day).
Jr. Guards - Thursday, June 25, 2015 (no JG program at Cowell this day). 
Capitola Beach Little Guards - Wednesday, July 8, 2015 (no LG program at Cowell this day).
Jr. Guards - Thursday, July 9, 2015 (no JG program at Cowell this day). 

JG REGIONAL COMPETITION: - FAQ's - click here (Link will be updated by summer)
Friday, July 24, 2015 - Huntington State Beach. The Regional Competition is for Jr. Guards only, and competitors must be Jr. USLA members, and are invited to attend by JG Instructors. For more information on Regionals, log on to www.cslsa.org and look under Announcements on the right-hand side.

2015 NOR CAL COMPETITION: @ Main Beach
Little Guards - Wednesday, August 5, 2015 (no Jr. Guard program this day)
Jr. Guards - Thursday, August 6, 2015 (no Little Guard program this day)  

JG AWARDS BANQUET & RAFFLE FLYER - Friday August 14, 2015, Harvey West Clubhouse, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

JUNIOR LIFEGUARD REQUIREMENTS The Junior Guard program requires participants to be able and willing swim a minimum of 200 to 300 yards in the open ocean, run a minimum of 500 yards and participate in paddling races and other beach competitions daily. NO REFUNDS less than 4 business days before class starts. C's - must swim unassisted around the 1st buoy on the first day. B's - must swim unassisted around 2nd buoy on the 1st day. A's & AA's - must swim unassisted around 3rd buoy on the 1st day. The Little Guard program requires daily participation in entering and exiting through ocean waves and conditioning activities including calisthenics, running and beach games.

Little Guards: Practice swimming 25 - 50 yards continuously and treading water for 1 - 2 minutes. Red Cross Swimmer Level 4 and up is strongly encouraged.

Junior Guards: Practice swimming a minimum of 200 - 500 yards continuously (8 - 20 laps) and treading water for 3 - 5 minutes. Red Cross Swimmer Level 6 and up is strongly recommended.

PROGRAM INFORMATION: Registration Information and Help 420-5270. Jr. Lifeguard Phone (6/17-8/14) 420-6248

INSTRUCTION AND SUPERVISION Little Guards and Junior Guards are instructed by qualified ocean lifeguards. All of the instructors have successfully completed an intensive United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) certified Open Water Lifeguarding training course and most have worked in the field as lifeguards for more than one year. Instructors are also certified in emergency first aid and CPR for the professional rescuer. Many of the instructors are graduates of the Junior Guards program and have teaching and interpretation experience with children. The program is held on Cowell Beach adjacent to the Municipal Wharf in one of the calmest areas of ocean in Santa Cruz. During the program, Junior Guards are also always under the watchful eye of on-duty beach lifeguards in addition to the supervision provided.




United States Lifesaving Association 



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