2021 Junior Lifeguard Program


June 14, 2021

Registration opened April 1, and we sold out in record time. Unfortunately, we do not have a waitlist, but encourage families to check periodically to see if any spots became available.  Due to Covid-19 we have eliminated our beach competition and field trips for this coming summer.  Information is changing frequently on requirements/recommendations by public health officials for camps. We will be following County Health protocols for social distancing and masking for outdoor activities. We are dedicated to providing a high level of beach instruction that promotes a safe and active lifestyle. We are so excited to be back on the beach with our Junior guard family

Questions??? (760) 435-4021, Email: jgstaff@oceansideca.org

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. Session 1 & 3 meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and Session 2 & 4 meet Tuesday and Thursday's from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Please bring your lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen, and a towel. 

2021 Session Dates 

Session 1:  June 21- July 16 (MWF) 

Session 2: June 22-July 15 (T/TH) 

Session 3: July 19-August 13 (MWF) 

Session 4: July 20-August 12 (T/TH) 



Swim Test

All first-time participants must complete a swim test.

*Please register for the program 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 passed a swim test, do not need to take the test again.

The swim test is as follows: 100 yard swim under time, 5 minutes treading water, underwater swim (approximately 15ft to simulate going under a wave)

  • Ages 9-11: 100 yard swim in less than 3:00 mins.
  • Ages 12-13: 100 yard swim in less than 2:30 mins.
  • Ages 14-17: 100 yard swim in less than 2:00 mins.

2021 Swim Test Dates: 

May 22 & 23 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Marshall Street Pool. 1400 Marshall Street Oceanside, CA. 

June 5 & 6 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Marshall street Pool, 1400 Marshall Street Oceanside, CA.  

June 27 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Marshall Street Pool, 1400 Marshall Street Oceanside, CA. 


Please abide by the following guidelines during the event: Only one adult may accompany a child participating in the event. Face coverings must be worn at all times aside from being in the water. Participants must arrive ready to enter the pool, deck changing is not permitted. We encourage participants to wear a swim cap and goggles. No rash guards needed as it can slow you down. You are allowed to attend multiple swim test if needed before the start of the session.  


If you missed uniform pick up you can get your uniforms on the first day. 

Oceanside Junior Lifeguards must wear the Junior Lifeguard uniform every day during all activities and on field trips. This includes the Royal Blue swim suit, white t-shirt, and colored rash guard.

Female swimsuits can be purchased at a place of your choice as we do not sell them.  As long as they are royal blue they will work.  We do have a vendor that shows up to the swim tests and on the first days of each session.

A T-shirt, hat, and rash guard are included in the registration fee. Rash Guards will be handed out on the first day of the session. 

  • Additional T-shirt $10 (optional)
  • Trunks $20 (optional for female participants)
  • Sweatshirt (blue/ white) $25 (optional but recommended)

Located at Junior Lifeguard Headquarters 1304 North Pacific Street in Oceanside harbor behind Tower 14 across from the boat ramp. Please park in a designated parking spaces, not along the boat wash area. 

You can purchase any extra uniforms at the handout days or anytime through out the session. We only take CHECK or MONEY ORDERS, NO CASH!  

Registration Opens April 1, 2021- SOLD OUT

  • Cost is $330 per session/child MWF (Oceanside Resident)  $350 Non-Oceanside Resident. New 2020
  • Cost is $280 per session/child T/Th (Oceanside Resident) $300 Non-Oceanside Resident. New 2020
  • $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 Fire Dept. Lifeguard Division. Only 1 scholarship per family. Please download the application at the bottom of this page to apply.

Junior Guard Assistant Applicants

Download Junior Guard Assistant Flyer

How to Enroll 

  • A registration link will be posted that will allow you to register for the upcoming summer sessions.  New registration site for 2021
  • 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. There will be no 1st day swim tests.
  • Uniforms will be handed out  prior to start of the session on determined uniform days and on the 1st day of each session. 
  • An invoice will be e-mailed out upon processing of your registration. The invoice is from Active our 3rd party registration site and not the City of Oceanside.

Junior Life Guard Calendars 

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

We want to thank the following

Bare Republic for donating sunscreen and hand sanitizer 

For More Information

For more information and registration materials, please call the Oceanside Junior Lifeguard Coordinator (760) 435-4021 to leave a message, or email us at JGStaff@oceansideca.org.

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