Junior Lifeguards

Program Overview:

Junior Lifeguards are girls and boys between 8-15, placed in groups by ability and age. Junior Guards have fun while learning ocean safety, rescue techniques, beach activities, physical fitness, and marine safety operations in an environment that emphasizes courtesy, respect, and good sportsmanship.

Junior Guards who were eligible to participate in the 2021 program may register online starting Monday, November 29. Newcomers must pass the required swim test one of the following dates. Swim tests are offered by appointment only at the Laguna Beach High School and Community Pool, 670 Park Avenue, on the following dates. Click here to sign up for a swim test or register for the program. 

Fridays, by appointment only March 18, April 1 & 22, May 13 & 27, and June 10 & 24

Saturdays, by appointment only:  March 19, April 2 & 23, May 14, and June 24 & 25


Swim Test Requirements: 

Youngers (ages 8-11): Ability to swim 100 yards (4 pool lengths) in 2 minutes, 20 seconds

Olders (ages 12-15): Ability to swim 100 yards (4 pool lengths) in 1 minute, 50 seconds


Schedule and Fees:

The Junior Lifeguard program is open on a space-available basis. Fees include shorts, T-shirt, rashguard, and towel.

Session 1: June 13 – June 30

  $310 – LB residents*

  $335 – non-residents**

Session 2: July 5 – July 21

  $290 – LB residents*

  $315 – non-residents**

* A resident is defined as those who live within the boundaries of the Laguna Beach Unified School District. 

** Registration for non-residents will open on March 21, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Junior Lifeguards are put into groups based on age and ability. The Morning session meets on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Afternoon session meets on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Junior Lifeguards does not meet on Fridays.


Uniform and Gear:

Junior Lifeguards must report in uniform each day, and bring the following items:

  • Swimming fins (duck feet preferred)
  • Hat, sandals, water and towel
  • Backpack that holds all gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Lunch on most Thursdays
  • No jewelry allowed, except a watch
  • Girls wear a navy blue one-piece swimsuit

Please mark all personal belongings with permanent ink


To learn more about the program, click here to sign up, or contact Marine Safety Captain Kai Bond, at kbond@lagunabeachcity.net