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Santa Cruz Junior Lifeguards


JG Session 2 begins on Monday, July 21.

CSLSA Regional Competition info - Click Here
Participation by invitation only.

William Mullen Wins CSLA Award

William Mullen receives the California Surf Lifesaving Association Award for BEST JR GUARD -- SANTA CRUZ CITY. Congrats William! From left to right, Josh Coleman SCFD Fire Captain; Jason Hajduk, SCFD Battalion Chief; Jill Bates, Recreation Supervisor; William Mullen, CSLSA Jr. Guard of the Year for SC City; Tyler Conroy, Jr. Lifeguard Instructor II and Ryan Reber, SCFD Fire Captain.  


  • City Residents only - funded by FOPAR - Scholarships already awarded for Summer 2014.
  • Non-city residents only (funded by SCJG Booster Club) - Scholarships already awarded for Summer 2014. 

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 - 2014 Parent packet (click here)
*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.   


      • May 31, Saturday, 10am – 12pm, Cowell Beach (JG Parent meeting)
      • June 18, Wednesday, 11:30am – 1:30pm @ Cowell Beach (1st day
        session 1)
      • June 30, Monday, 11:30am – 1:30pm @ Cowell Beach
      • July 21, Monday, 11:30am – 1:30pm @ Cowell Beach (1st day session 2)
      • Wednesday, August 6, 10am – 3pm, Main Beach – Nor Cal Competition
      • Thursday, August 7, 10am – 3pm, Main Beach – Nor Cal Competition on Main Beach

      Session 1: Wednesday June 18 to Tuesday July 15, 2014. (Please note 5-day break between sessions)   Session 2: Monday July 21 to Friday August 15, 2014. 

          Session 1 - Friday, June 27
          Session 2 - Tuesday, July 29

      COMPETITIONS - Competition Philosophy click here 

      Seacliff Beach - flyer for Little Guards and Jr. Guards click here

      • Little Guards - Wednesday, June 25, 2014 (no LG program at Cowell this day).
      • Jr. Guards - Thursday, June 26, 2014 (no JG program at Cowell this day). 

      Capitola Beach

      • Little Guards - Wednesday, July 9, 2014 (no LG program at Cowell this day).
      • Jr. Guards - Thursday, July 10, 2014 (no JG program at Cowell this day). 

      JG REGIONAL COMPETITION - FAQ's click here

      Friday, July 25, 2014 - 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 and look under Announcements on the right-hand side.

      2014 NOR CAL COMPETITION @ Main Beach

      • Little Guards - Wednesday, August 6, 2014 (no Jr. Guard program this day)
      • Jr. Guards - Thursday, August 7, 2014 (no Little Guard program this day) 

      JG AWARDS BANQUET & RAFFLE - Friday August 15, 2014, Harvey West Clubhouse, 6:30 to 9 p.m.


      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 yards continuously and treading water for one minute. Red Cross Swimmer Level 4 and up is strongly encouraged.

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

      Registration Information and Help 420-5270
      Jr. Lifeguard Phone (6/18-8/15) 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.

      2014 NEWSLETTERS:
      SESSION 1:

      Pre-season Letter
      Newsletter #1
      Newsletter #2
      Newsletter #3
      Newsletter #4

      SESSION 2
      Newsletter #1
      Newsletter #2

      United States Lifesaving Association 
      Roughwater Swim
      - August 2, 2014 - Registration information will be available by June 2014 for the 41st annual Roughwater Swim, a one-mile jaunt around the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. It's the only open-water one-mile event on the Pacific Masters calendar, attracting clubs and swimmers from all around the state and beyond.

      Tides, Surf & Weather

      National Weather Service Marine Forecast

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