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Junior Lifeguards

Online registration for 2020 begins March 7, 2020. For program dates, please check the information listed on the "Class Sessions" page. Additionally, please check our website before the registration start date for any updates to the San Diego Junior Lifeguard Program. For questions, please email us at sdjuniorguards@sandiego.gov.

Junior Lifeguard Patch

The San Diego Junior Lifeguard Program offers youth - ages 7 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 all of above plus:

  • 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 San Diego Lifeguards who provide a fun and safe aquatic education to the youth of San Diego by developing confidence, mental and physical fitness and respect for one another and the coastal environment. They 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.

  • Check out the Junior Lifeguard YouTube Channel to see what we're all about.

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Please be sure to review the SDJG updated refund policy for 2020 before registering for our program.

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