Santa Cruz Junior Lifeguards
In consideration of recommendations from Santa Cruz County Public Health and the CDC recommendations, Parks and Recreation Admin will be closed at least through April 10, 2020. For more information, see Parks & Recreation’s COVID-19 Response.
PROGRAM DATES FOR SUMMER 2020:
Session 1: Monday, June 15 to Friday, July 10, 2020.
Session 2: Monday, July 13 to Friday, August 7, 2020.
Session 1 - Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 11:00am & 1:00pm
Session 2 - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 11:00am & 1:00pm
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.
JG FORMS AND HANDBOOK:
JG Behavior Agreement
JG Parent Code of Conduct
Wharf - Local's Parking Pass
JG USLA Membership included in JG registration - do not renew directly through USLA for 2020
STATE Competition @ Main Beach
Little Guards - Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Junior Guards -Thursday, June 25, 2020
Capitola Competition @ Capitola Beach
Little Guards - Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Junior Guards - Wednesday, July 8, 2020
JG REGIONAL COMPETITION - Friday, July 24, 2020 (invitation only)
JG Regional Accommodation information: TBD
2020 NOR CAL COMPETITION: @ Main Beach
Little Guards - Wednesday, July 29, 2020 (no Jr. Guard program this day)
Junior Guards - Thursday, July 30, 2020 (no Little Guard program this day)
JG AWARDS BANQUET & RAFFLE:
Friday, August 7, 2020, 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.
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.
RECOMMENDED PREPARATION AND SKILL LEVELS:
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 (6/15/20 - 8/7/20) (831) 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.