2018 Junior Lifeguard Program


*Registration is closed for the summer of 2018* 

*There will not be a La Jolla Field trip in 2018 due to water quality. Please contact 760-435-4021 for more information.*


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  field trips. 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  (2 extra days added for equal hours)


 2018 Session Dates:

  • Session 1 - June 18 - July 13  (make up day for Wed 7/4 yet to be determined)
  • Session 2 - June 19 - July 12  ( 2 additional days on a Mon or Wed for equal hours )
  • Session 3 - July 16 - August 10
  • Session 4 - July 17 - August 9  ( 2 additional days on a Mon or Wed for equal hours )


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.

2018 Swim Test Dates:  (all are Saturdays)

  • May 19
  • June 2
  • June 9
  • June 23
  • July 7


 Swim tests will start promptly at 8:00 am each Saturday. Tests usually are completed within 60-90 minutes depending on the number of participants. 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 (optional)
  • Trunks $20 (optional for female participants)
  • Sweatshirt (blue/ white) $25 (optional but recommended)


Registration will open on April 1st. 

Cost is $330 per session/child

$20 discount will apply for additional family members in the same session or one child in multiple sessions. 

Please call 760-435-4021 for more information.

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.  (Will appear on April 1st)
  • 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.
  • Uniforms will be handed out  prior to start of the session on a determined uniform day and on the 1st day of each 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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