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Tryouts

junior lifeguards ocean beachAll new students must attend one of our tryouts and pass the required swim test in order to participate in the program for the 2021 summer season.

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 2020.
  • Students who were in the SDJG program before 2020 but did not attend in 2020.
  • Students who were in the Grommet program in 2020 but wish to participate in the Junior Guard program (new C group students). All former Grommets who are new to the C age group MUST attend a tryout and pass the swim requirement for the C age group.

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 2020
  • Returning Grommets from 2020 who will 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 2021:

  • Session 1: April 21, 2021
  • Grommets: May 19, 2021
  • Session 2: May 26, 2021

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 Junior Lifeguard and Grommet New Student Tryouts. If your child was enrolled in our Grommet program in 2020 and are now enrolled in the 4-week Junior Lifeguard program they are considered new and must attend one of our tryouts in order to pass the C age group swim test.

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

Please see below for the 2021 JG New Student Tryout Dates and Times. Location is TBA, please check this page for location prior to attending a tryout.

Saturday, April 10 (updated 1/18/21, no tryout on April 17)

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location TBA

Tuesday, April 20 (updated 1/18/21, no tryout on April 19)

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Location TBA

Saturday, May 1

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location TBA

Saturday, May 15

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location TBA

Saturday, June 5

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location TBA

Saturday, June 26

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location TBA

 

 

 


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