NEW APPLICANT REGISTRATION
All new applicants must tryout and pass one of the three timed 100-yard pool swim tests given by LA County Junior Lifeguard Office. Time limit for the C's (9-11 year olds) is 1:50 or less. For B's (12-13 years old) is 1:40 or less, and the A's is (14-17 year olds) is 1:30or less. The registration process and fee payment takes place after the swim tryout. Pre-registration is required, please visit the Junior Lifeguard website at http://www.watchthewater.org/jg for more information. New Program Applicants will be required to complete an “Underwater Test” before taking the applicable swim test for their age. The Underwater Test will simply require the applicant to dive to the bottom of the pool and retrieve a swim ring. Maximum pool depth will be 7’ or less. Additionally, a photocopy of your child's Birth Certificate must be provided with your application to complete your registration. Call or visit the website of the Junior Lifeguard Office for more information regarding swim preparation classes and new application information.
RETURNING JUNIOR GUARD REGISTRATION
Returning Junior Lifeguards should call the office or check the Junior Lifeguard website for re-registration details. Re-registration usually starts at the end of February, call the office to verify.
There is a fee for the program, which changes annually and includes the following items: tuition, uniform, and membership in the United States Lifesaving Association.
Financial Aid is available on an as-needed basis. Call (310) 939-7214 for details.
Refunds are offered up to the end of the first week of the program. All requests must be made in writing. Send them to: JG Program Office, Refund Request, 2600 Strand, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 The uniform cost and USLA membership fee are not refundable.
When enrollment warrants, classes will be held at:
- Hermosa (Tim Kelly)
- El Segundo
- Santa Monica
- Will Rogers
Free bus transportation to and from many inland locations is available for the Santa Monica, Venice, Will Rogers, and Zuma programs. Call (310) 305-9587 for information.
There are two sessions. The AM session is 8:30-11:30 and the PM session is 1:30-4:30. You may only sign up for one session. Afternoon sessions are not always offered at every beach. Call the office for availability.
Class size varies per beach, but averages about 30 students per instructor. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. When a class is full, registration for that class will be closed. Waiting lists are generated for closed classes; please inquire during registration.
JG's classes are divided based on the child's age as of July 1. C's are 9-11 years old, B's are 12-13 years old, and the A's are 14-17 years old. A photocopy of the child's birth certificate must be provided with the application during registration.
Uniforms are included with the program fee. Boys receive a white t-shirt and blue trunks. Girls receive a white t-shirt and blue swim suit. Additional trunks and t-shirts, as well as sun hats, are available for purchase from the LA County Fire Dept. In addition, the LA County Lifeguard Association sells Junior Lifeguard sweatshirts, rash guards, and other articles as a fundraiser for the Lifeguard National Team. Unfortunately, girls swim suits are not available for purchase; additional navy blue one piece swim suits can be purchased at the retailer of your choice.