2017 Junior Lifeguard Program

*Registration for the summer of 2017 is now closed*

Important Update/Please Read: The La Jolla Cove field trips for the summer of 2017 will be subject to change or cancellation based on water quality and conditions.

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

2017 Session Dates

Session 1- MWF June 19 - July 14

Session 2- TTH June 20 - July 13,  including Wednesday, July 5,  Monday July 10, and Wednesday, July 12

Session 3- MWF July 17 - August 11

Session 4- TTH July 18 - August 10, including Monday, July 31, and Monday, August 7   

Swim Test

All first-time participants must complete a swim test.

*Please register before taking a swim test. A swim test does not give you priority registration or allow you to register once registration is full.

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.

2017 Swim Test Dates

May 20

June 3, 10, & 24

July 8


 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 will open April 1st for 2017. The registration fee will be $310.00

Financial Aid

*There are no more Junior Lifeguard Scholarships available for 2017 

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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