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The San Diego Junior Lifeguard Program offers youth ages 9 through 17 an opportunity to learn from professional lifeguards. Students gain a wide variety of skills and knowledge including how to enjoy the beach safely, ocean and wave education, area familiarity, first aid and CPR, water rescue techniques, the importance of keeping physically fit, and other topics related to lifeguarding. This valuable experience builds self confidence and skills for life.

The content of our Program includes ocean and beach safety, lifesaving techniques and procedures, first aid and CPR, development of swimming skills, body surfing, body boarding, surfing, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, beach games, and competition events with other junior lifeguard programs.

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Our Instructors are a team of aquatic professionals who provide a fun and safe aquatic education to the youth of San Diego through Developing confidence, mental and physical fitness and respect for one another and the coastal environment. They are San Diego Lifeguards who have been chosen to work with the Junior Lifeguard Program based on their work history, lifeguarding experience and desire to work as a Junior Lifeguard Instructor. The Program is managed by a Lifeguard Coordinator, Junior Lifeguard Program Manager, and Junior Lifeguard Program Director.

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News and Announcements

2014 Junior Guard and JGrommet Session Dates Announced Registration opens Monday, March 10, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. and the tryout dates are also online now. Check back for times and locations.

JGrommets (open to 7-8 year olds) - The San Diego Junior Lifeguard Program offers a week long introduction class to ocean awareness. Visit the JGrommets Program web page for more information.

Ocean Sciences Education (OSE) Program (open to C's and B's) - This program sponsored by the San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation (SDJGF) will bring the beach and ocean to life through scientific study. The cost of the program is $525 and provides JGs the opportunity to spend the full day in the ocean environment learning and improving their physical skills. Enrollment in the OSE program is open to C and B level junior lifeguards. Enrollment for this program can be completed during the JG registration process. Please visit the San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation website for additional information about the Ocean Sciences Education (OSE) Program.

Open Water Diver Certification (for 16 years old and over) - Junior Lifeguards and family members who are 16 years or older will have the opportunity to get certified as a PADI Open Water Diver through Ocean Enterprises. Read more about the Open Water Diver Certification (PDF). Enrollment for the course can be completed during the JG registration process.