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Tryouts

All new students must attend one of our tryouts and pass the required swim test in order to participate in the program.

The following are considered new students and must attend a tryout and pass the required swim test:

  • Students who did not attend the SDJG or Grommet program in 2019.
  • Students who were in the SDJG program before 2019 but did not attend in 2019.
  • Students who were in the Grommet program in 2019 but wish to participate in the Junior Guard program (new C group students). 

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

The following do not need to attend a tryout:

  • Returning students who participated in 2019
  • Returning Grommets from 2019 who wish to participate in Grommets for a second time.

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

*Due to our updated refund policy, we highly recommend all new students attend a tryout BEFORE the last day to get a refund for their registered sessions.

Please note the last day to get a refund for the following sessions for 2020:

  • Session 1: April 15, 2020
  • Grommets: May 13, 2020
  • Session 2: May 20, 2020

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 sdjuniorguards@sandiego.gov.

All Junior Lifeguards must meet the following swimming requirements:

Groups Ages Distance Qualifying Time
JGrommets 7 - 8 50 yards 1 minute 30 seconds
"C" 9 - 11 100 yards 2 minutes 30 seconds
"B" 12 - 13 100 yards 2 minutes 15 seconds
"A" 14 - 17 100 yards 1 minute 45 seconds

New Students

All new students to our program must attend a tryout. Please see below for important information regarding Session 2 and Grommet New Student Tryouts. If your child was enrolled in our Grommet program in 2019 and are now enrolled in the 4-week Session 2 program they are considered new and must attend one of our tryouts.

New Student Tryouts

  • Please follow social distancing guidelines while waiting in line to swim.
  • Only one parent/guardian per family.
  • All in attendance (adults and children) must wear a mask or face covering while in line or on the pool deck.
  • There will be no access to pool locker rooms. Please plan accordingly.

Please be prepared to wait in line for your child's swim. Our staff will work as quickly as possible to get your child thru the tryout process.

Tryout Location, Dates & Times

Tryouts will be held at Tierrasanta Community Pool at 11238 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego 92124.

Saturday, June 6 from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Sunday, June 7 from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Sunday, June 28, from 9:00-10:30 a.m.  - This tryout is for registered students only.

Any wait listed students who get in to the program after the June 28 tryout will be able to make arrangements for a tryout with SDJG program staff at a later date.

Due to our new refund date, we highly recommend you attend the tryouts on June 6 and/or June 7. Please note the last day to request a refund for Session 2 or Grommets is Friday, June 12, at 5:00 p.m. Refund requests must be made via email to sdjuniorguards@sandiego.gov.

New Student Tryout Waiver

In an effort to decrease the total number of new students who need to pass our tryout, we will be offering a tryout waiver to those who meet the following requirements:

  • Students who are currently on a swim team/club or water polo swim team/club
  • Students with an official USA swim time that meets the tryout requirement
  • Students who participated in our program in 2018 but not 2019

To receive a waiver, please provide documentation of your child’s registration with their swim or water polo team or official documentation of their USA swim time via email to sdjuniorguards@sandiego.gov no later than Friday, June 5th at 5:00 p.m. For those who participated in 2018, please email us with your child’s name and DOB so we can verify 2018 enrollment.

Important Note Regarding Tryouts

Our SDJG team understands our new students have been unable to train for the required swim tryout over the past few months with pool closures due to the COVID situation. A swim test is required is to ensure safety of our Jr. Lifeguards when they are in the water. The swim test allows us to determine whether or not a new student would be able to handle the aquatic portion of the program.

If you are concerned your child will be unable to pass the test due to the inability to practice, we still highly encourage you to bring them to our tryouts . Our staff will evaluate and determine if your child's swimming ability (even if they are out of shape) is acceptable for the program. In the meantime, we recommend other forms of exercise (running, walking, biking, etc) to prep for tryouts and the program.

Our SDJG team understands our new students have been unable to train for the required swim tryout over the past two months with pool closures due to the COVID situation. 

The reason a swim test is required is to ensure safety of our Jr. Lifeguards when they are in the water. The swim test allows us to determine whether or not a new student would be able to handle the aquatic portion of the program.

If you are concerned your child will be unable to pass the test due to the inability to practice, we still highly encourage you to bring them to a tryout this coming week. Our staff will evaluate and determine if your child's swimming ability (even if they are out of shape) is acceptable for the program. 

 


For other questions or concerns regarding tryouts, please email sdjuniorguards@sandiego.gov.

 

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