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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.  New students that are officially on the waitlist for a session may also attend a tryout.

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 [email protected].

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

2020 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.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, some of our tryouts will be rescheduled to a later date. Please see below for more information. For questions, please email our staff at [email protected].

Saturday, April 11, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Cancelled, will be rescheduled to later date
Tierrasanta Community Pool 
11238 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

Monday, April 13, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Cancelled, will be rescheduled to later date
Clairemont Pool 
3605 Clairemont Drive

Saturday, May 9, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Clairemont Pool 
3605 Clairemont Drive

Monday, May 18,  4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Clairemont Pool 
3605 Clairemont Drive

Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Coggan Pool
800 Nautilus Street, La Jolla

Saturday, June 27, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Memorial Pool
2902 Marcy Ave.

For other questions or concerns regarding tryouts, please email [email protected].


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