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Santa Cruz Junior Lifeguards

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Session 1: Monday, June 17 to Friday, July 12, 2019.
Session 2: Monday, July 15 to Friday, August 9, 2019.
Please note that 2019 Session 2 dates have changed.

Session 1 - Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 11:00am & 1:00pm - Order Form
Session 2 - Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 11:00am & 1:00pm - Order Form

JOIN THE JG BOOSTER follow their Instagram accounts to get information about upcoming JG events, important dates, competitions, picture days, etc. Instagram account: SantaCruzJuniorGuardsBoosters

Donate online to the JG Boosters (FOPAR). Jr. Guard Boosters are parent volunteers who fundraise to support the Santa Cruz Jr. Lifeguard program. Donations provide scholarships, equipment, supplies,  competition snacks, and support program events.

2019 Parent Packet
2019 Parent Handbook
JG Behavior Agreement
JG Parent Code of Conduct
Competition Philosophy
Wharf - Local's Parking Pass
JG USLA Membership included in JG registration - do not renew directly through USLA for 2019

Competition Philosophy

STATE Competition @ Main Beach
Little Guards - Wednesday, June 26 - Competition Information
Jr. Guards - Thursday, June 27- Competition Information

Capitola Competition @ Capitola Beach
Little Guards - Tuesday, July 9 - Competition Information
Junior Guards - Wednesday, July 10 - Competition Information

Friday, July 26, 2019 - Carpinteria, CA. 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. SCJG Boosters Regional Scholarship applications are due Friday, July 19 by 5pm. Eligible applicants will receive $150.00 per family. JG Regional Scholarship Form 2019

JG Regional Accommodation information:

Best Western - 20 Rooms 
Best Western Carpinteria lnn
4558 Carpinteria Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013
Phone: (805) 684-0473 ext.405
Contact: Daisy Velasco
Group Name: Santa Cruz Junior Lifeguards
For reservations: (805) 684-0473 ext.405

Motel 6 Carpinteria South - 12 Rooms
Motel 6 Santa Barbara – Carpinteria South
5550 Carpinteria Ave.
US 101 at Bailard Ave./ Casitas Pass RD
Carpinteria, CA 95054
Phone: (805)-684-8602
Group Number: GPU1TG9D2L
For Reservations: Group Sales Department, at 1-800-544-4866

If you plan on attending Regionals and would like to camp the preceding night, the Boosters have reserved a limited number of campsites at Carpinteria State Beach. To be added to the list of families planning to camp, please contact danackerstein@gmail.com. Sites will be allocated based on the date of request to the best of our ability. All sites will be shared with 1-2 other SCJG families. We cannot guarantee a site for any family but will do our best to accommodate everyone. If you already have a campsite booked and would be willing to share it with another SCJG family, please contact Dan Ackerstein of the SCJG Booster Club. JG's who plan to camp must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperon.


2019 NOR CAL COMPETITION: @ Main Beach 
Little Guards - Wednesday, July 31, 2019 (no Jr. Guard program this day)
Jr. Guards - Thursday, August 1, 2019 (no Little Guard program this day)  

Friday, August 9, 2019, Harvey West Clubhouse, 6:30 to 9 p.m. 

Periodically community groups and individuals advertise fundraising events for the benefit of Santa Cruz Junior Lifeguards (“Junior Guards”).  Please note that the only such organization which has an affiliation with, and which reports to, the City of Santa Cruz is Friends of Parks and Recreation Junior Guard Boosters, (“FOPAR”).  No other community-based or individual fundraisers are affiliated with, or report to, the City.   Accordingly the City does not warrant that the proceeds, or any given percentage of the proceeds, raised by non-FOPAR fundraising events will ultimately be donated to the Junior Guards program.  In addition, it should be noted that a child’s participation in, or eligibility for, the Junior Guard program is never predicated on his or her parents’ or guardians’ patronage of any such fundraising event, including fundraising events conducted by FOPAR.

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.

Registration Information and Help (831) 420-5270 
Jr. Lifeguard Phone (6/17/19 - 8/9/19) (831) 420-6248

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.

Beach Safety Information 


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