Junior Lifeguard programs were developed to provide beach and water safety training for boys and girls. The programs provide a sound aquatic background while acquainting participants with the hazards of the marine environment. Programs provide education and experience in ocean safety, first aid, rescue techniques, beach activities, physical fitness, and marine safety operations, while exposing participants to an environment that emphasizes courtesy, respect, discipline and good sportsmanship.
Programs are designed for children ages 9 to 17. Programs will vary in length and content but participants must meet the minimum requirements of the agency's program they wish to participate in. Although programs vary, participants are usually placed into one of four age divisions:
AA 16 - 17 years old
A 14 - 15 years old
B 12 - 13 years old
C 9 - 11 years old
Junior Lifeguards are invited to compete at the CSLSA Regional Competition each year in July, the USLA National competition each August, and the California State Games each July.
Junior Guard Annual Contest: More info soon!!
Junior Lifeguard GRANT APPLICATION
Junior Lifeguards of the Year
Each year, nominations are received from CSLSA's JG agencies for outstanding guards of the year. CSLSA donates $200 towards scholarships for the winners. The winners are also highlighted in the Feature section of our JG magazine
2016 Junior Lifeguard of the Year awardees:
Macie Buell (Seal Beach) -- Overall winner
Zoe Ziebarth (Newport Beach)
Anna-Marie Scott (Santa Cruz)
Danilo Martinez and Adeilna Martinez (co-awardees from Port Hueneme)
Avery Schaffner (Huntington State Beach)
CLICK HERE to view past Junior Lifeguard of the Year winners.
CLICK HERE for the JG of the Year Application Form