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Santa Cruz Junior Lifeguards

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JG Award Banquet & Raffle: Friday, August 17 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm. 

Session 1: Monday, June 18 to Friday, July 13, 2018.
Session 2: Monday, July 23 to Friday, August 17, 2018. 

Session 1 - Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Session 2 - Wednesday, July 25 , 2018 - photo 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.

2018 Parent Packet    
JG Behavior Agreement
JG Parent Code of Conduct
Competition Philosophy
2018 Parent Handbook
Wharf - Local's Parking Pass
JG USLA Membership included in JG registration - do not renew directly through USLA for 2018  

Competition Philosophy

STATE Competition at Main Beach, June 27 & 28  - competition information & schedule for Little Guards and Jr. Guards
Little Guards - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 (no LG program at Cowell this day).
Jr. Guards - Thursday, June 28, 2018 (no JG program at Cowell this day). 
Capitola Beach area map - flyer for Little Guards and Jr. Guards 
Little Guards - Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (no LG program at Cowell this day).
Jr. Guards - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (no JG program at Cowell this day). 

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 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 - deadline was July 16

Regional Hotel Information:

  • Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown - (619) 696-0911. Room block under: "Santa Cruz Junior Lifeguard"
  • Spring Hill Suites San Diego Downtown Bayfront - (619) 831-0224 or (888) 287-9400. Room block under: "Santa Cruz State Junior Lifeguards". Expires 7/5/18.

2018 NOR CAL COMPETITION: @ Main Beach - Packet and Event Schedule
Little Guards - Wednesday, August 1, 2018 (no Jr. Guard program this day)
Jr. Guards - Thursday, August 2, 2018 (no Little Guard program this day)  

Friday, August 17, 2018, 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 (6/18/18-8/17/18) (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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