2016 Junior Lifeguard Program

  • Registration for the summer of 2016 is now closed. 

The Program

The Oceanside Junior Lifeguard Program offers individuals ages 9-17 the opportunity to learn beach safety and ocean lifesaving skills from experienced Oceanside Beach Lifeguards. Junior Lifeguard daily activities include education in beach and ocean safety, running and swimming activities, beach games, surfing, competitions, and a field trip to La Jolla Cove and Knotts Soak City. Junior Lifeguards will also have the opportunity to learn about tower guarding, rescue techniques, boat rescues, marine biology, oceanography, first aid, and CPR.

Location and Schedule

Junior Guards meet at the Oceanside Harbor Beach, behind lifeguard tower 14, across from the boat launch ramp.

  • M/W/F (Sessions 1 & 3) meet 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • T/Th (Sessions 2 & 4) meet 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Session Dates

Session 1- MWF June 13 - July 8; including Tuesday, July 5th

Session 2- TTH June 14 - July 7; including Friday, July 1, and Wednesday July 6

Session 3- MWF July 11 - August 5

Session 4- TTH July 12 - August 4, including Monday, July 25, and Monday, August 1        

Swim Test

All first-time participants must complete a swim test.
Former participants who have completed a swim test do not need to test again.

The swim test is as follows:

  • Ages 9-12: 100-yard swim in less than 3 minutes, tread water for 5 minutes, and swim underwater.
  • Ages 13-17: 200-yard swim in less than 5 minutes, tread water for 5 minutes, and swim underwater.

Swim Test Dates

May 21 and 28

June 4 and 18

July 9

*Swim test dates are subject to change


Swim test will start at 8:00 am each Saturday. Swim tests are held at:

Brooks Street Swim Center
130 Brooks Street
Oceanside, CA 92054


Oceanside Junior Lifeguards must wear the Junior Lifeguard uniform during JG activities. A royal blue swimsuit is required and is available for purchase through the program (see order form).

Female swimsuits will be available for purchase at all swim test dates and the first day of each session (not included in uniform order form).

A T-shirt, hat, and rash guard are included in the registration fee.

  • Additional T-shirt $10
  • Trunks $20
  • Sweatshirt (blue/ white) $25


 *Registration updates to follow

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for Oceanside residents only. Scholarships are limited and are obtained through the Parks & Recreation Division. More information is available online.

Assistant Application 

For information on Assistant positions please see the flyers at the bottom of this page.

How to Enroll 

  • A registration link will be posted that will allow you to register for the upcoming summer sessions.
  • Payment in full is required to hold your child’s spot in a desired session. Registration will be filled on a “First Paid, First Registered” basis with NO waiting lists.
  • All fees are refundable prior to the start of the session except for a $50 processing fee. For more info about refunds please call (760) 435-4021.
  • New participants MUST complete a swim test on one of the scheduled dates prior to the start of the session.
  • All uniforms will be handed out on the first day of the session.
  • An invoice will be e-mailed out upon processing of your registration.


For More Information

For more information and registration materials, please call the Oceanside Junior Lifeguard Information Line at (760) 435-4020, ext. 3, or (760) 435-4021 to leave a message, or email us at JGStaff@ci.oceanside.ca.us

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