Junior & Little Guards


Santa Cruz Junior Lifeguards    



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JG FORMS AND HANDBOOK - 2017 Parent Packet (will be available in May) *Attention - Participants that register after May 14* - 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)
2017 Parent Handbook
Wharf - Local's Parking Pass
Sample JG Participant/Parent Info card (Pink Card) - Pick up Pink Card at Office or call to have one mailed, do not use sample. Must use Pink Cardstock form only.  


Session 1: Monday, June 19 to Friday, July 14, 2017.
Session 2: Monday, July 17 to Friday, August 11, 2017. 

Session 1 - Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Session 2 - Tuesday, July 25 , 2017

Competition Philosophy - click here
Seacliff Beach - flyer and schedule for Little Guards and Jr. Guards
  (tentative) Little Guards - Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (no LG program at Cowell this day).
 (tentative)  Jr. Guards - Thursday, June 29, 2017 (no JG program at Cowell this day). 
Capitola Beach area map - flyer for Little Guards and Jr. Guards 
   (tentative) Little Guards - Wednesday, July 5, 2017 (no LG program at Cowell this day).
   (tentative) Jr. Guards - Thursday, July 6, 2017 (no JG program at Cowell this day). 

Friday, July 21, 2017 - Silver Strand State Beach, 5000 CA 75, Coronado, CA, 92118. 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.
JG Regional Competition Scholarship Form - Packets available soon.
Regional Parent Informational meeting -June 27, Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Louden Nelson Community Center Rm. 3, 301 Church Street

2017 NOR CAL COMPETITION: @ Main Beach
Little Guards - Wednesday, August 2, 2017 (no Jr. Guard program this day)
Jr. Guards - Thursday, August 3, 2017 (no Little Guard program this day)  

JG AWARDS BANQUET & RAFFLE - Friday, August 11, 2017, 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 (6/19/17-8/11/17) 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.


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