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The following must attend a tryout:

  • New students must attend a tryout in order to participate in the program;
  • If your child was in the program before 2014 but did not attend JG's in 2014, they are considered a new student and must attend a tryout.
  • Students who were in the Grommet program in 2014 but wish to participate in the Junior Guard program (new C group students) must attend a tryout and pass the required swim time for the C group.

Prior to attending a tryout, new students must register and submit payment during the online registration process.

New students who fail to attend a tryout will be issued a refund (minus the non-refundable Activenet transaction fee) and their spot given to someone on the wait list.

The following do not need to attend a tryout:

  • Returning students who participated in 2014.;
  • Returning Grommets from 2014 who wish to participate in Grommets for a second time.

Tryout information for intern candidates is available on the Intern Program web page.

Swimming Requirements

Swimming requirements must be met in order to be accepted into the Program. Students can attend as many tryouts as needed to pass the swim test. We strongly recommend regular swim workouts before attending a tryout. If you have any questions regarding tryouts and the swim test, please email us at

All Junior Lifeguards must meet the following swimming requirements:

GroupsAgesDistanceQualifying Time
JGrommets7 - 850 yardsNo time limit
"C"9 - 11100 yards2 minutes 30 seconds
"B"12 - 13100 yards2 minutes 15 seconds
"A"14 - 17100 yards1 minute 45 seconds

2015 Tryout Dates and Times

When attending a tryout, arrive at the location at any time between the start time and 15 minutes before the end time. Swim tests will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Saturday, April 25
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Peninsula Family YMCA (Point Loma)
4390 Valeta Street
San Diego
(619) 226-8888

Saturday , May 9
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Clairemont Pool
3605 Clairemont Drive
San Diego
(858) 581-9923

Thursday, May 14
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Clairemont Pool
3605 Clairemont Drive
San Diego
(858) 581-9923

Saturday, May 30
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Coggan Pool (La Jolla High School)
800 Nautilus Street
La Jolla
(858) 456-0945

Saturday, July 11
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

City Heights Swimming Pool
4380 Landis Street
San Diego
(619) 641-6126

For other questions or concerns, call (619) 221-8899 or email