The LA County Fire Dept Lifeguard Division Junior Lifeguard Program

The Junior Guard Program is offered to all boys and girls in Los Angeles County.  The program is designed to instruct youth (ages 9 through 17) in beach and ocean skills.  The program provides instruction in water safety, swimming, body surfing, surfing, physical conditioning, competition skills, first aid, lifesaving, rescue techniques, CPR and the use of professional lifesaving equipment.

Summer 2017 Program Dates

Session 1: June 19th-July 20th

Session 2: July 24th-August 18th

Please be sure to arrange your calendars appropriately.

Enrollment for the 2017 LA County JG Program is CLOSED. Swim test dates and returning JG registration information will be posted in January 2018.

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phone: (310) 939-7214

What are the program dates?

JG Program dates for 2017 will be:
Session 1, June 19th-July 20th
Session 2, July 24th-August 18th

Classes are every day, Monday through Friday. There are two classes a day: AM class (8:30 – 11:30am) and PM class (1:30 – 4:30pm). Some areas do not offer the afternoon class. Some locations will not have programs during the 2nd Session. Program hours are occasionally modified into a FULL day, upon the Instructor’s discretion.

Click on the calendar to download a full Session 1 schedule

Click on the calendar to download a full Session 2 schedule

What are the JG Program locations?

If a minimum number of participants is not met, the group/session may be cancelled.

Avalon (First Session, AM Only)

Cabrillo (First Session, AM Only)

Torrance (Both Sessions, AM and PM)

Redondo (Both Sessions, AM and PM)

Tim Kelly (Both Sessions, AM and PM)

Hermosa (Both Sessions, AM and PM)

Manhattan (Both Sessions, AM and PM)

El Segundo (Both Sessions, AM and PM)

Venice (Both Sessions; First Session, AM and PM; Second Session, AM Only)

Santa Monica (First Session, AM Only)

Will Rogers (Both Sessions; First Session, AM and PM; Second Session, AM Only)

Zuma (First Session, AM Only)

Beach Availability

All Movement for Session 1 and Session 2  is now CLOSED as of May, 31 2017.  Remaining Availability in Session 2 will be released the last week of June along with the option to add a second enrollment.

All Waitlists are now EXPIRED as of May 31, 2017.

How do I sign up for Junior Guards?


Every NEW JG for 2017 is required to sign-up through our website (info at the top of this page) for the JG SWIM TEST LOTTERY SYSTEM. Each Swim Test location will have a separate Lottery System that will issue a random appointment time for your child to swim on the day of the test.  Dates below indicate when the SIGN-UP will open and close. The sign-up is not acceptance into the program and will not give a confirmation email with the appointment time until the sign-up window closes. Once users complete the online sign-up, an email notifying users we have received their information for the Lottery System is sent, this is not a confirmation of appointment time. Only when the signup window closes for a swim test will users receive their Appointment Time Confirmation Email. Please be patient in waiting for this Appointment Time Confirmation Email. JG Staff will email Lottery System Appointment times the Friday after each sign-up window closes.

Swim Test #1: Loyola Marymount University – Saturday, April 29 – SIGN UPS ARE CLOSED!!!

Swim Test #2: Culver City Plunge – Sunday, May 14 – SIGN UPS ARE CLOSED!!!

Swim Test #3: Pacific Palisades High School – Sunday, May 21 – SIGN UPS ARE CLOSED!!!

After completing the NEW JG SWIM TEST, successful swimmers will be guided by staff through the registration process on the pool deck. Each child that passes the required 100 yard swim will receive a opportunity to choose a beach location from what is available, a class enrollment (AM/PM- Session I or Session II), complete payment (check or credit card) and be given a uniform.

As a result of the Junior Lifeguard Program’s popularity, the number of participants increases yearly.  Due to the extremely high volume of Returning Junior Lifeguards, many beach locations will be limited, or waitlist only in Session 1 at the Swim Tests.  We will do our best to accommodate your choice, but your patience will be appreciated when assigning enrollment.  We do not accept special circumstances when assigning enrollment, such as accommodating siblings or address.

2017 RETURNING Open Junior Lifeguard Registration (first come, first served): 

  • ‘A’ (14-17 years old) – Tuesday, March 7 @ 9am – Friday, March 10 @ 12pm
  • ‘B’ (12-13 years old) – Tuesday, March 14 @ 9am – Friday, March 17 @ 12pm
  • ‘C’ (9-11 years old) – Tuesday, March 21 @ 9am – Friday, March 24 @ 12pm

What are the requirements to become a Junior Guard?

In order to become a JG, your child must complete a 100 yard pool swim test under:

1:50 for 9-11 year olds – C Group

1:40 for 12-13 year olds – B Group

1:30 for 14-17 year olds – A Group

Complete a 7′ surface dive.

Should a NEW applicant be unable to pass the required time the first try, they will be allowed ONE re-swim on that day. Should they be unable to pass on the second try, they will be eligible to re-swim at one of the other swim dates stated above.

We recommend NEW applicants be actively participating in an aquatics program for at least a few months leading up to the swim test to ensure a smooth testing process, AND, if they pass their swim test, to be sufficiently prepared to swim in the waves and ocean each day of the program.

*Swim times are determined by the age group a child will be participating in during the program, NOT the current age of the applicant. For example, if an applicant is 11 years old on the date of the tryout, but will turn 12 on or before July 1st, they are considered a “B”, not a “C”, and must pass the “B” required swim time.

Where can I find an application for a returning Jr Guard?

2017 RETURNING Junior Lifeguard Registration will take place in March:

‘A’ (14-17 years of age): Tuesday, March 7 @ 9:00am PST – Friday, March 10 @ 12:00pm

‘B’ (12-13 years of age):  Tuesday, March 14 @ 9:00am PST – Friday, March 17 @ 12:00pm

‘C’ (9-11 years of age):  Tuesday, March 21 @ 9:00am PST – Friday, March 24 @ 12:00pm

Please call the office if you have any questions (310) 939-7214

What are the swim test dates and locations?

2017 NEW JG Swim Test Dates:

TEST #1:  Saturday, April 29 – Loyola Marymounty University – SIGN UPS ARE CLOSED!!!

TEST #2:  Sunday, May 14- Culver City Plunge- SIGN UPS ARE CLOSED!!!

TEST #3:  Sunday, May 21 – Pacific Palisades High School- SIGN UPS ARE CLOSED!!!

Does my child need to tryout again?

Returning JGs who successfully completed the previous summer do not have to tryout again. All new applicants and returning JGs who have been away from the program for more than one year must attend one of our pool swim tryouts.

How is a JG's Age Group determined?

Ages are as of July 1st, 2017 and align with the United States Lifesaving Association’s national standard.

A’s are 14-17 years old

B’s are 12 and 13 years old

C’s are 9-11 years old

What does my child need to participate in Junior Guards?

For the pool swim tryout: a lightweight racing style swim suit (aka “Speedos” or jammers  because baggy suits make for slow times), a cap (to keep the hair out of eyes), goggles (today is not the day to test a new pair), and a towel (big, fluffy, and lucky is best).

For a day at Junior Lifeguards: a uniform (provided), towel, sunscreen, hat, water, and a healthy snack.

Can my child do both sessions of JGs?

Yes. However, during initial registration JGs can only sign up for one session. Once all registration is complete we will reopen the system and allow JGs to sign up for an additional session.

How much does the Junior Guard program cost?

The fee for the 2017 JG Program is $535. A uniform is included in the fee. Girls receive a Junior Lifeguard t-shirt and a navy blue Speedo tank swimsuit. Boys receive a Junior Lifeguard t-shirt and navy blue custom designed Body Glove board shorts. Financial Aid is available.

Is Financial Aid or Transportation available?

Yes 2017, financial aid is available.

Qualification will be determined by the evaluation of your 2016 Federal Income Tax Return-1040 front page or a Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services approved application for Unemployment of the household of the Applicant.

RETURNING Junior Lifeguards please print out application for Financial Aid and attach to Registration Packet. This packet should be mailed to the address stated on Returning Junior Lifeguards Application Packet. PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH PAYMENT, as your payment amount will be determined after review.

NEW JG’s to the program please fill out application and bring to NEW JG Swim Test- Do Not Mail In To Office. Qualification will be determined by the evaluation of your 2016 Federal Income Tax Return-1040 front page or a Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services approved application for Unemployment of the household of the Applicant. Copies of all documents will be required for eligibility. No W2’s are accepted. Please bring all documents to the swim test location to be reviewed on the pool deck after successfully completing the swim test.

The final date for financial aid submission for RETURNING AND NEW JG’s is May 22, 2017

2017 JG Scholarship Application



2017 East&South LA Transportation App

2017 Valley Transportation App

Are Refunds available?

Refund requests submitted before 5:00 p.m. PST 7 days prior to the start of the program will receive a tuition refund minus a $60 Processing Fee. Refunds requests submitted after 5:00 p.m. PST 7 days prior to the start of the program will receive a tuition refund minus $155. No refunds will be issued after June 27th for Session 1, and after August 1 for Session 2.

What is the JG Program Tax ID Number?

The Tax ID Number of the Junior Lifeguard Program is: 95-6000927

What is a Cadet?

Cadets are Junior Lifeguards that are being groomed to become Lifeguards. They operate under the supervision of a Junior Lifeguard Instructor.  Cadets will be challenged to learn lifeguard operations, ocean conditions and rescue techniques, first aid, and CPR. Cadets are also expected to lead younger JGs in practical and physical skills.

How do I become a Cadet?

2017 CADETS:

Cadets are based on their age as of July 1, 2017. Cadets must be 16 or 17 years old and should have participated in the Junior Lifeguard Program for at least two years.
First a potential Cadet may attend the Cadet informational meeting. Potential Cadets must pass a pool swim test (500 yards in under 7:00), be CPR certified, provide one letter of recommendation, show proficiency in a competitive 500-meter ocean swim, participate in a formal interview, and be recommended by a former JG Instructor. The interview is a business interview, where a resume and appropriate business attire are recommended.

The Application period for the 2017 Cadet Program is now closed.