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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
14 - 15 years old
   12 - 13 years old
     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
Each summer, the CSLSA Junior Guards host a contest awarding one $100 scholarship to the winning entry in each of the age divisions (C, B, A, AA) totaling a $400 purse.
The type of contest is decided each year and could involve posters, photography or essays. The winning artwork selections are entered in the USLA's national contest every November. View winning samples of Bumper Stickers, Posters, Tidebook Covers and Essays from previous years by clicking on the relative words.

  posterThis year's challenge is to create a visual medium reflecting the theme of beach safety. All mediums are welcome, including, but not limited to, videos (youtube, podcast, movie, etc.) and other artistic renderings such as posters, bumper stickers, comic strips, bookmarks, etc.. Entrants must select one or more of USLA's beach safety tips as their theme(s).

CLICK HERE to view the 2015 Contest Rules.

Division AA:
Division A:
Division B:
Division C:
  Congratulations to the following winners of 2014's Artwork contest. They each have been awarded a $100 scholarship.
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Zachary Venzor (Pismo Beach)
Arabella Edler (Pismo Beach)

CLICK HERE to view their artwork.
to view past Junior Lifeguard Annual Contest winners.
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.
  2013 Junior Lifeguard of the Year awardees:
    Savannah Sickler (Seal Beach)
    Zach Smith (Pismo Beach)
    William Mullen (Santa Cruz City)
    Danielle McCauley (Oceanside)
    Kathryn Bockman (Santa Cruz State)
    Kaleigh Anderson (City of San Clemente)
    Julienne Dawidoff (Newport Beach)
  CLICK HERE to view past Junior Lifeguard of the Year winners.
JG Coordinators: Download JG of the Year (and Bobby Award) Application Form:
Form for printing:HERE      Form for online completion*:HERE  (choose 'OPEN')
       *Requirement for online form completion: Ms. Word 2007 (.docx) or later
Bobby Burnside Memorial Award
California Junior Guard of the Year

In 2009, the Bobby Burnside Memorial Award was established in memory of Bobby Burnside, son of former Los Angeles County chief Bob Burnside. (Chief Burnside designed the personal plaque given to the winner and the agency plaque that hangs in the lifeguard headquarters for a year.) From agency-nominations (received by noon on the day prior to the Fall CSLSA BOD meeting), the CSLSA Junior Lifeguard Committee annually chooses the Bobby Burnside Memorial Award recipient from the JG of the Year nominees. Congratulations to the winner of the California Junior Guard of the Year:

Danielle McCauley (Oceanside)


Hannah Levy (Long Beach)
Chris Huben (LA County)
Josh Burke (Pismo Beach)
Hayden Hemmens (Huntington State Beach)
All applications, agency updates, etc. can be emailed to:
CSLSA currently has 7,019 proud Junior Lifeguard members.
To join, visit your community's lifeguard headquarters to attain an application.

  CLICK HERE to view information about each agency's program.

Agency Address Phone/Email
Camp Pendleton P.O. Box 555020
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
(760) 725-2078
Campus Point UCSB c/o UCSB
2106 Recreation Center
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3025
(805) 893-7616 x3
City of Santa Barbara 1118 E Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93102
(805) 897-2680
(805) 897-2605 fax
City of Santa Cruz
Parks & Recreation
323 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 420-5266
(831) 420-6248 (June - Aug)
Attn: JGs/Jill Bates
Capitola 4400 Jade Street
Capitola, CA 95010
(408) 475-5935
Carlsbad 2680 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 479-2000
(760) 479-2001 fax
Carpinteria 5775 Carpinteria Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(805) 566-2417
(805) 684-5404 x449
Coronado 920 Ocean
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 522-2629
(760) 479-2001 fax
Del Mar P.O. Box 494
Cardiff, CA 92007
(760) 944-1657
Encinitas 505 South Vulcan
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 633-2752
(760) 633-2740
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area 7755 Folsom-Auburn Rd
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 988-0205
(916) 988-2467 fax
Half Moon Bay State 95 Kelley Ave.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-8806
(650) 726-8816 fax
Huntington City Beach 103 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
(714) 374-1501
(714) 536-2581
Huntington State Beach 21601 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
(714) 536-4877 info
(714) 292-6381 cell
Imperial Beach 950 Ocean Lane
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
(619) 628-1419
(619) 628-1421 fax
Laguna Beach 505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-6572
(949) 494-4021
Lake Mission Viejo 22555 Olympiad
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 770-1313 ext 321
Lake Perris State Recreation Area 17801 Lake Perris Dr.
Perris, CA 92370
(909) 940-5652
(951) 940-5669 fax
(951) 940-5652 voicemail
Leo Carillo State 9000 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 457-5775
(310) 589-2165 fax
Long Beach 3205 Lakewood Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 570-1360
(562) 570-8550
Los Angeles City (Hansen Dam) 11798 Foothill Blvd.
Lakeview Terrace, CA 91342
(818) 899-3779
Los Angeles City (Cabrillo) 3720 Stephen M. White Dr.
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 548-2909
Los Angeles County 2600 The Strand
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 939-7214
Los Angeles County Lakes 120 Via Verde
San Dimas, CA 91773
(909) 599-8411
(909) 394-9078
Monterey State Beach 2211 Garden Road
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 649-7144
(831) 649-2982 fax
Newport Beach 3300 Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92658-8915
(949) 675-8420
OC Junior Guards 34127 Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 276-5050
Oceanside 300 N Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 435-4021
Pismo Beach 990 Bello St.
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
(805) 773-7069
Port Hueneme City

550 Park Avenue
Port Hueneme, CA 93041

(805) 986-6542
Port San Luis Obispo P.O. Box 249
Avila Beach, CA 93424
Refugio State Beach 10 Refugio Beach Road
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 968-1760
(805) 968-6534 fax
Santa Cruz City 323 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 420-6019 (fire)
(831)420-5266 (parks & rec)
Santa Cruz State 665 14th Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 476-4992
(831) 475-8350 fax
San Clemente State 3030 Ave. del Presidente
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 361-2969
(949) 498-8412 fax
San Clemente City 100 Presidio
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 361-8261
San Diego City 2581 Quivira Ct.
San Diego, CA 92109
(619) 980-8476
Seal Beach 211 8th Street
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 431-2527 x1206
Silver Strand State Beach 5000 Highway 75
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 424-3632
Solana Beach 111 Sierra Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 720-2419
Torrey Pines State 2680 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 479-2000
(760) 479-2001 fax
Ventura State 901 San Pedro Street
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 643-5003
(805) 648-2194 fax


USLA's Top Ten Beach Safety Tips
Learn to Swim Swim Near A Lifeguard
Swim with a Buddy Check with the Lifeguards
Use Sunscreen and Drink Water Obey Posted Signs and Flags
Keep the Beach and Water Clean Learn Rip Current Safety
Enter Water Feet First Wear A Life Jacket.
Click on each tip for more information.